Families of the victims killed by the Beirut Blast are still awaiting justice, demanding the truth and a responsible stance by the state. They need closure. They need the perpetrators to be held accountable.
Almost 17 months after the horrendous Beirut Blast that killed over 234 innocent people, including children, and the truth is still being obscured and the criminals are still on the loose.
Probably the most outrageous since the Blast is the constant interferences by political leaders obstructing the investigation by all means. That has made the families’ losses of their loved ones even more difficult to bear.
Among them are the families of the victims of the Beirut Fire Brigade. They launched the hashtag مش_معيدين on social media (“we are not celebrating”) as they have had no justice and no closure.
They are calling for a protest on December 24th in front of the fire brigade in Karantina.
According to Human Rights Watch, the Beirut explosion caused more than 218 casualties, more than 7000 injured, 300 000 displaced, and around $3.8 billion in material damage losses.
The most horrific drama ever occurred in Lebanon’s modern history, and yet, the political leaders don’t seem to want to get to the bottom of it, nor seek justice.
This Christmas, many won’t be celebrating in Lebanon. Instead, they will be grieving the absence of their loved ones and protesting for what was supposed to be the state’s first priority since the doomsday of August 4th, 2020.