The revolution must go on. This, most Lebanese agree on. People know that the path leading to the life they aspire to have is long and difficult. Hope in that ultimate goal and their conviction that they deserve it are keeping them going.
Moreover, once a population gets to finally experience the freedom and dignity to speak up and stand for their rights, it becomes almost impossible to let go.
Despite the events of late, the people of the revolution have no intention to back off. Their journey continues as demonstrated in numerous relevant actions this past week and counting.
Three months through the struggles, the people seem more determined than ever to persevere in their fight to save Lebanon.
The revolution has escalated through its declared “Anger Week” that saw various significant actions from the protesters:
They also marched their way from Ring to Central Bank in Hamra a few days later, and from there to PM-designate Hassan Diab’s house in Tallet El-Khayat.
Students also skipped classes and organized numerous marches all over Lebanon, braving the cold and the rain.
#2 More Road-blocking
Roadblocks everywhere! Especially with the announcement of the ‘week of anger’ that started last Tuesday, January 14th.
All roads and even some sub-roads in Beirut, Bekaa, the north, and the south were closed. Big protests erupted in the country, and people were parking their cars in the middle of the roads as a form of protest.
All streets and squares were filled with men, women, and children, revolutionary songs, and the Lebanese flag again.
#3 Targeting institutions deemed corrupt or abusive
The telecommunication sector got also targetted for the corruption that has taken it over, and banks for their oppressive policies of late.
Some protesters did not control their anger, unfortunately, causing serious property damages.
In Baalbeck, protesters closed several banks for a couple of days by keeping the employees from going in.
#4 Hitting the government where it hurts the most
The people launched Plan “C” of civil disobedience, as of December 13th, calling all to stop paying their bills and taxes to the current government. It also urges citizens not to pay their due bank loans.
They addressed the politicians currently ruling the country with signs on social media stating: “We’re not paying before you restore the millions.”
#5 Public shaming of politicians
Groups of protesters took on a mission to follow the politicians into public places and shame them publicly, forcing them out.
Plus, whenever and wherever the revolutionaries face assault, others are just one post away from coming to their rescue.
Lebanese lawyers are also on the revolution’s side. Ever since Melhem Khalaf was elected to head the Beirut Bar Association, many lawyers are always ready to help and stand by the people.
#9 The Lebanese Diaspora renewing their actions of solidarity
Lebanese expatriates returned home over the holidays and organized many sit-ins and marches. Now that they had to return to their lives abroad, they are still supporting the Lebanese revolution from there.
Two relevant petitions have been launched this week:
A petition to the ‘Friends of Lebanon’ calling on them to stop funding the caretaker government until strong safeguards are set in place. These ‘friends” include the World Bank, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the United Nations, and several ambassadors.
The people of the Lebanese Revolution are now expressing their frustration and their refusal of that government in all ways possible.
It has been over three months since people took to the streets demanding the fall of the regime and the end of corruption; and no, they are not tired. It is clear and obvious: they are revolting until their demands are met.
It might seem to some or many that the Revolution hasn’t achieved anything other than the resignation of Saad Hariri from the premier position and the formation of a new government.
That’s not true.
No one can expect that a revolution against a fiercely entrenched system could possibly end in a month or two or three or even more.
This revolutionary journey is not a walk in the park or a hiking trip. No revolution is. It is called a revolution for a reason.