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Foreign paranoia in Beirut

BEIRUT | June 29, 2014, 17h35
Par Victoria Espada
Something specific about Beirut is that there are soldiers/army roaming the streets dressed in uniform and fully armed with rifles.
It’s a normal thing I’ve become accustomed to, seeing them around, but what I can’t stand is when they talk to me without giving them any reason to.

1. While jogging by the sea, there’s a group of them always there and once or twice they called out to me, and smiled or smiled at each other and laughed as I walked by. I had my iPod earphones on but I could still hear them and it was really…..ugh. Makes you feel cheap. Catcalls.

2. At night on my street, which calls for high security because of its prime location, there are a whole bunch of soldiers there. At night things are quiet, so usually they’re in a group talking amongst themselves, texting on their phones, or watching TV. Who can blame them? Must be boring having to sit there doing nothing all night. However, when I go out for whatever reason and have to pass by them, I get this heavy feeling like they’re staring at me. I feel like they’re undressing me with their eyes. Maybe they’re just doing their job…staring at me walking past to make sure I’m not going to do anything, but I mean come on…don’t follow me with your eyes and then whisper something to your friend when I’m still within audible range…can you be more obvious and obnoxious?

Paranoid? Yep. Learn some respect, please. Stop catcalling, no matter how bored you are. It’s not right, it’s dirty and it makes me feel dirty even hearing it.
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