Protesters in the street for the past 80 days are having enough of the dismissal by the ruling officials of the ongoing. The caretaker government still dismisses the millions of voices rising from the nation against them. Deals are reportedly being made on the sly; some even transferred their money out of the country in billions of dollars allegedly in hopes of a quick escape.
Most politicians assume or pretend that the revolution is not against them and their wrongdoings. Yet, the Revolution has made it loudly clear: No politician is welcome after years of stealing public funds and bringing down the country to such a wretched status.
Some protesters tried to have direct talks with politicians since the uprise started. They decided that talking to the politicians directly might render better results, and make more difference.
Two months earlier, a crowd tried to meet with President Aoun upon his public invitation but they were forbidden to approach the presidential palace. They ended addressing him from the street via reporters.
Back in December, protesters caught the caretaker minister of telecommunication Mohammad Choucair trying to renew on the sly the Alfa and Touch contracts, which are already under question marks; to say the least.
The earlier decision of Choucair to add taxes on WhatsApp was the drop that overflowed the cup and triggered the onset of the Lebanese revolution. The directors of the two telecom firms are already facing a lawsuit filed previously against them by the financial prosecution on charges of "illicit enrichment and graft."
Hence, on December 17, a group of protesters entered the Chamber of Commerce and Industry where the caretaker MP Choucair was about to renew the contracts, and they made their demands directly to him, overrunning the meeting.
This week, protesters took it a step further by seeking the justice system and launched a lawsuit against the minister for 'illegal' extension of the Alfa and Touch contracts.
The lawsuit accuses him and others revealed in the investigation of "the waste of public funds and the violation of the public auditing law," by seeking to allow the extension of these contracts.
من داخل غرفة التجارة و الصناعة قاطع المحتجين إجتماع للوزير محمد شقير.— mirakhoury (@mirakhoury14) December 17, 2019
البلد مفلّس و محمد شقير بدو يجدد عقود الخليوي و بعيداً عن الإعلام.@saadhariri شو الموضوع؟
فساد و سرقة و صفقات و البلد خربان؟
يلي إستحوا ماتوا.
بحب ذَكْرَكْ إنو حكومة تصريف الأعمال لا تجدد عقود جديدة. pic.twitter.com/m92oCQJO77
More recently, a group of protesters was able to enter another meeting, held by caretaker MP Ahmad Fatfat in the Chamber of Commerce in Tripoli. Ironically, that symposium carried the title: “Readings in political and social transformations from the Lebanese reality."
The protesters aimed to make it clear to the minister that he no longer represents them. They impeded him to proceed and drove him out of the building.
طرد النائب أحمد فتفت من ندوة في غرفة التجارة والصناعة - طربلس. pic.twitter.com/PFv9X1qhsc— الحركة الشبابية للتغيير (@dod_nizam) January 4, 2020
Similar public rejection of politicians deemed corrupt by the people was seen earlier in December when former prime minister Seniora was booed out of a Christmas concert.
Ahmed Fatfat, a member of the Lebanese Parliament and Minister of the Lebanese Government, is one of the politicians deemed corrupt by the revolution. According to the video, Fatfat declared the revolution 'a result of a political plot' driven by certain political parties against others.
A fascinating one-of-a-kind phenomenon, that persistence stance of denial amid the ruling officials.
With so many scandals of corruption, so many crises and sufferings, and so many people protesting for over two months, these politicians still persist to deny "the Lebanese reality."