People gather in Samir Kassir Square to show support for local band Mashrou' Leila.
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Around 150 people gathered in Beirut's Samir Kassir Square Monday to show their support for local band Mashrou' Leila in light of mounting pressure by Lebanese Christian groups to cancel an upcoming concert.A number of local church leaders have opposed the concert. It has also come under attack in a vicious social media campaign, with one user threatening to stop the band's performance "by force". Christian groups and leaders opposed to the performance have cited the religious and sexual ideologies expressed in the band's lyrics, videos and performances.It participated in the Byblos International Festival in 2010 and 2016, as well as the Baalbeck International Festival in 2012 .The Episcopal Media Committee, a Catholic Church-affiliated body, Monday urged authorities to cancel Mashrou' Leila's Byblos concert.
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