Hamed Sinno (R), the lead singer of Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou Leila, performs during the Ehdeniyat International Festival in Ehden, Lebanon, Aug. 12, 2017. (Reuters/Jamal Saidi)
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Pressure has been building steadily over the past few days from mainly Christian groups to cancel a show in Lebanon by local band Mashrou' Leila, set for Aug. 9 . The groups have cited the religious and sexual ideologies expressed in the band's lyrics, videos and performances.Latifee Lakkis, the president of the Byblos International Festival, told The Daily Star that she was unable to provide further details on the situation, but said a meeting would be held in the next two days to discuss the event.One Twitter user, Naji Emile Hayek, said that if the band was permitted to play, he would stop the performance "by force".Despite claims on social media that opposition to Mashrou' Leila's performance in Byblos was not based on Sinno's sexual orientation, many comments were directed at Sinno and his sexuality.Mashrou' Leila plays regularly in Lebanon. The band has already participated in the Byblos International Festival, in 2010 and 2016, as well as the Baalbeck International Festival in 2012 .
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