North Lebanon Erupts Into Massive Protests

The mess of the Electricity of Lebanon and the reactions that followed have just fueled the Lebanese people all over Lebanon with the only power supply that is unfailing in Lebanon: The spirit of the revolution.

While the streets of Beirut rocked with marches of protests on Saturday, people swarmed the squares of the Lebanese cities, belying the claims that the revolution is dying.

If our officials can take so long of a break from their responsibilities towards this country (like decades of a break), the people could be allowed a small break to refuel.

Although the officials are used to take breaks, they somehow mistook the recess the people needed in some regions for a capitulation. They started feeling more comfortable resuming their political games.

They were all wrong. This revolution will only end with the changes it is demanding, and the corrupt out.

On Saturday, Nour Square’s fire was rekindled with protesters from all northern regions joining in, waving the Lebanese flag.

Determination to fight till the end for a better future for all the Lebanese people hasn’t been as strong as now.

Social, financial, water, electrical, garbage, and many more crises have pushed people into the streets. Daily bank attacks everywhere, many cities have been in the dark for the past week and the formation of Hassan Diab’s government is deemed more and more questionable.

This government that is being forced upon the Lebanese people is similar to the ones that preceded it for decades and brought this country to its current agonizing status.

It simply does not meet the demands of the revolution.

Protesters are calling for the fall of the regime, the same that is controlling and manipulating the formation of that new government.

They refuse that it even sees the light because the much-needed reforms won’t then see the light either.

In Tripoli, large demonstrations roamed the streets. Chants echoed calling for the fall of the current government and holding its officials responsible for the collapse of the country. 

The interesting thing is that all the Lebanese news channels decided suddenly to cover the news after they have been absent for almost a month.

True, the people of the revolution didn’t shut up at their absence and disregard and have been lashing out at the TV stations for a while now on social media, and boycotting them.

The protesters flooding to Tripoli from the northern towns met at Nour Square, where the national anthem was played.

Chants and revolutionary songs filled the air. Artists, such as Ibrahim Al-Ahmad among others, called for a technocratic government, neutral judges, and a solution for the money crisis.

“If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution, when the old and the new stand side by side and admit of being compared; when the energies of all men are searched by fear and by hope; when the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era?” stated Ralph Waldo Emerson once.

That is Lebanon today!

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