Several Lebanese regions have witnessed a continuous electricity blackout for a few days already. This unprecedented rationing in electricity has hit everywhere, from north to south, the Bekaa, the mountains, and the capital. This has started a whole new range of protests in Lebanon.
There were also several blocking of roads in the north protesting the electricity outages. The south also had its share of darkness, and people also took to the electricity company and the streets in protest.
They blocked the Sidon highway in both directions and closed the electricity company for the day by denying entrance to the employees.
A most remarkable frustration was from a citizen of Dahieh who posted the following:
“This is the fourth day that I wake up and shower with cold water because electricity hasn’t visited us for more than 5 days. This is the millionth day that I have a fight with my parents because I am still unemployed.”
“And this is the millionth day that I wake up as a citizen of Dahyeh to taste the worst, and most despicable, and most cursed kinds of oppression, and humiliation, and submission.”
“And he who sleeps in sheets of silk goes out to present himself as a person of patience, and call me a traitor and a collaborator, because I have gone out to demand reforms in my society, refusing injustice and vulnerability.”
This post was shared widely because this person is speaking for all Lebanese people who are living in humiliation and all those who are insulted and persecuted in their communities for having joined the revolution.
Their leaders leave them without basic human rights, basic daily life dignity, and then have the decency to accused them of traitors and collaborators.
Electricity in Lebanon is a victim of years and years of corruption, so the current alleged lack of fuel in the country isn’t much of a justification.
تؤكد وزارة الطاقة والمياه أن كميات المازوت المخصصة للاستهلاك المحلي متوفرة لدى شركات القطاع الخاص والمحطات وشركات التوزيع ولدى منشآت النفط. في حال عدم التمكن من الحصول على مادة المازوت، الاتصال على الرقم ٠١/٥٦٥٠٤٠ لشرح المشكلة ليتسنى لنا اجراء المقتضى
In fact, a study by the Progressive Center for Economic Studies, based on data from the Ministry of Finance of the first ten months of 2019, showed an increase in the quantities of fuel imported for the benefit of the state-run electricity company.
That’s an increase equivalent to 378% compared to the same period in 2018. However, the production of electricity in 2019 did not improve. The rationing hours did not witness any decline. And now Lebanon is in darkness. So where did all that fuel go?
A similar outrageous episode happened with a bridge in Jal el Dib leaking water from the rain. That bridge, which took the government two years of continuous work at a cost of 100 million dollars, was only opened 5 months ago.
Again, the bridge obviously wasn’t done right, not at that exuberant cost. So where did all the money go? Another mystery or isn’t it?