The resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government after 13 consecutive days of anti-government protests caused different reactions among the Lebanese in general and the protesters in particular.
On Wednesday evening, Oct 30, supporters of caretaker PM Saad Hariri roamed some of Beirut’s streets on motorcycles, carrying flags of Hariri’s Future Movement to express their support to their leader.
They roamed the streets of Qasqas, Tariq al-Jdide, and Aisha Bakar; areas where most of Hariri’s supporters come from, and videos of these support protests circulated the social media.
As a result, caretaker PM Hariri went on to twitter Wednesday evening to call on supporters of his Future Movement to refrain from going to the streets in protest
مع تقديري لكل مشاعر التعاطف العفوية، أكرر الطلب الى جمهور تيار المستقبل ومناصريه الامتناع عن العراضات في الشوارع والتزام التعاون مع الجيش وقوى الأمن الداخلي. الحفاظ على الهدوء ومنع اي انزلاق الى الاستفزازات مهمتنا جميعا الآن.
“Appreciating all spontaneous sympathies, I reiterate my request to the Future Movement‘s public and supporters to refrain from street demonstrations and to cooperate with the army and internal security forces. Keeping calm and preventing any slippage into provocations is all our job now,” PM Hariri tweeted.
A day after Hariri’s resignation, on Wednesday, President Aoun accepted the resignation of the prime minister and asked him to stay on as a caretaker prime minister, pending formation of the new government, which, he stated, will be a “clean one.”