Lebanon is witnessing a dramatic change in the pace of its revolution. What was once a peaceful and massive civil disobedience has turned into a full-on raging revolution. At the government ignoring its people and their 90-day of outcry to save the country, a Week of Anger was declared to increase the pressure on the officials.
In response, Patriarch Al Rahi stated in his Sunday sermon: “Humanity is the only language that all people understand and engage in dialogue with. Without it, power becomes self-serving for private interests, extending the hand of theft of public money and a way to deprive people of their rights.”
He further expressed his belief that the current politicians have distorted the meaning and essence of politics as an honorable art, and urged them to heed the people’s demands and hasten the formation of a government that represents the protesters.
According to him, these politicians are supposed to be in the service of the citizens and the common good. He denounced the events that took place in Hamra, saying that “they are not among our Lebanese values, customs, and honor” and holding the politicians responsible.
According to Al-Rahi, the government should be held accountable for growing the public debt, dropping the GDP, the dismissal of 18,000 employees, including the 9000 in the past 3 months, especially in the tourism sector, which has led to a rise in the number of the poverty and unemployment in the country.
That’s in addition to the hospital crisis and the lack of medicines and equipment, depriving the people of their basic rights, as he stated.