The rain did not stop protesters of the Lebanese Revolution from gathering in Beirut to protest the current regime, corruption, the dire social-economic conditions, and to demand a transitional government.
The streets of Central Beirut, from Riad El-Solh to the Martyrs Square, were fresh with revived (and revised) revolutionary slogans of the “thawra” that was born on October 17, 2019.
Since then, the situation in Lebanon has dramatically deteriorated while the politicians remain numb and deaf to the calls and demands of the people of their nation.
Lebanese of all ages are protesting to demand the resignation of the regime, which they hold responsible for the mountain of crises prevailing through the country. “The people want freedom,” they chanted.
“Secularism is the solution,” shouted students from secular clubs across Lebanese universities, disowning and denouncing sectarianism. To the Lebanese revolutionaries, the days of sectarian politics in Lebanon are over.
The revolutionaries are calling on President Michel Aoun to resign, criticizing his reign as the worst and most humiliating in Lebanon’s history.
Today marks the 8th month since former/caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned.
And yet Lebanon has yet not been able to form a new government due to political sectarian disagreements deemed more important to the top officials than rescuing the country, and that includes the president.
Even some transient efforts by a few Lebanese political officials, such as the Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, did not break the months-long government formation deadlock.