We are getting used to Lebanese citizens and protesters calling on each other to go down on the streets and block the roads. We are used to citizens demanding reforms or even demanding the fall of the regime.
This week, we see officials and MPs calling for protests against the government.
After a large protest took place this week led by some officials, including MP Chamel Roukoz, it’s Lebanese MP Cesar Maalouf who is calling for protests and roadblocks.
The reason behind it? Getting the authorities’ attention regarding Lebanon’s international road.
MP Cesar Maalouf’s motives and aspirations, as stated in his personal information on Facebook, are to “…working freely and being able to achieve the change we all wish for, with a clear goal: development in Zahle and Bekaa first.”
This Lebanese politician follows the Lebanese Forces’ party and was elected Minister of the Parliament in the 2018 elections.
MP Maalouf just announced that he will close the Dahr El-Baydar road this Sunday evening at 7 pm and until further notice.
He called on people to join him in this movement against “this government’s neglect towards the Bekaa Governorate”.
The MP is demanding a “strict mechanism” through which trucks will be allowed on the road during specific hours, as well as testing the competence of the drivers.
His demands also include maintaining and ‘rehabilitating’ the Dahr El-Baydar international road as soon as possible. He asked the authorities to set the start date of the project and to commit to its completion.
Noting that Maalouf took this stance after a horrible accident occurred on that road on Saturday, July 18th, causing the death of 5 people and leaving many injured as well as great material damages.
The driver lost control of his truck and hit a bus stop/kiosks area in the Bekaa.