@ramezelkadi Home Magazine Listicles Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link It took an explosion to bring down the government. Sad to say. The voices of the people weren’t enough. In less than a year, Hassan Diab’s government resigned. In the months that he served in office, Lebanon’s condition only got worse and worse. From his side, he blamed it all on “deep corruption” when announcing his resignation. Well, we all knew that, don’t we? People have been screaming it on the streets for months, and writing it on the walls, and posting on social media from facts to comments to memes. View this post on Instagram Illegal cross-border smuggling has cost the Lebanese state $4bn in annual revenue (over $20bn in the last five), as well as causing increases in prices of fuel, flour and contributing to the dollar shortage. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Illegal smuggling occurs across the Lebanese-Syrian border, where products are smuggled in to be sold in Lebanon without paying custom fees (causing loss of gov’t revenue), along with contraband such as weapons. What is illegally exported out of Lebanon? State-subsidised fuelled, flour sold in Syria. For reference a litre of Diesel in Syria costs LBP 70,000 vs. LBP 10,000 in Lebanon [as quoted in the source, however we believe it’s supposed to be ~20L]. In addition, US Dollars are also being removed from circulation in Lebanon. Militia controlling the border have complex logistics in place to carry the smuggling at such a scale to profit vastly from the scheme.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This is a direct breach of UNSCR 1559 which calls for the Lebanese State to establish sovereignty over all its land and disband all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias. LAF having full control over the border will be the only way to eradicate illegal smuggling activity which DIRECTLY harms EVERY Lebanese across any sect, region & political view.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ We need to hold accountable those benefiting from illegal smuggling no matter WHO they are.⠀⠀ ⠀ كلَّف التهريب غير القانوني عبر الحدود الدولةَ اللبنانية⠀ 20 مليار دولار أمريكي⠀ ⠀ لماذا لم يتم بعدُ التعاطي مع هذه الممارسات؟⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ سيتم توفير الترجمة بالعربية بعد قليل | Arabic caption available soon in comments section ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ SOURCES: The Independent Arabia – حركة التهريب بين لبنان وسوريا منافذها كثيرة و معروفة⠀⠀ 15 May 2020 – Tony Boulos & Arab News – Lebanon hit by smugglers as IMF discussions begin – 12 May 2020⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #لبنان_ينتفض #LebanonRevolution⠀ A post shared by @lebanon.corruption.facts (@lebanon.corruption.facts) on Jun 15, 2020 at 7:28am PDT But wasn’t it his job, and that of the president who swore once upon a time, to stop the corruption? On a side note (or maybe not), Diab was the third Prime Minister to serve during Aoun’s mandate, and leave the scene. What happens next is another story. For now, people are having a moment to unleash their sarcasm. Here are some of the very first reactions: Translating Diab’s speech Diab: Ma Khalloune. End of speech.— Anis Tabet (@AnisTabet23) August 10, 2020 You’d have to know the reference to get this excuse, “They didn’t let me.” Diab talked about corruption, “without naming” anyone… The usual, everyone talks about corruption in general without naming one single person. Walla zaha2touna w araftouna. 3a2bel Berri w l nouweb l be2yin. #لبنان_ينتفض #حسان_دياب https://t.co/5buBe5LpcJ— Fabio Bou Habib (@FabioBouHabib) August 10, 2020 Disbelief THE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT HAS RESIGNED. I REPEAT, THE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT HAS RESIGNED.— Mirabella (@mirbsss) August 10, 2020 The ENTIRE Lebanese government just resigned… Jesus— Mia Wallace (@deadskinontrial) August 10, 2020 View this post on Instagram إستقالة الحكومة اللبنانية #علقوا_المشانق News by @skynewsarabia A post shared by Live Love Tripoli (@livelovetripoli) on Aug 10, 2020 at 8:05am PDT “You will not be missed” You will not be missed puppet @Hassan_B_Diab thank you for wasting time and making everyone poor and dying in the dark so you can make a book. pic.twitter.com/afsSdTXl6S— Gino Raidy ?? (@GinoRaidy) August 10, 2020 Leave!!! Take your stuffs and LEAVE!!!#حسان_دياب #استقيلوا pic.twitter.com/W2lgfKsauF— ج' ?? (@joyasalameh_) August 10, 2020 “Finally…” Finally, after accepting the resignations of three ministers, Lebanon's Prime Minister Mr. Hassan Diab has stepped down. #Beirut pic.twitter.com/m2ZIxrU2kb— Ali Hyder Memon (@alihyderm) August 10, 2020 FINALLY the government resigned. #حسان_دياب#استقاله_الحكومهMe: pic.twitter.com/sQkgpq4Hfo— Condoleezza Rice???? (@GeorgeSarkiss) August 10, 2020 my first political tweet. 3a2bel lbe2yeen ??. #حسان_دياب #الشعب_معك_يا_حسان pic.twitter.com/rzVmj2pAWk— rima alaaeddine (@AlaaeddineRima) August 10, 2020 Stating the facts it took a catastrophic explosion to the biggest port in Lebanon that left hundreds dead, thousands injured, and an economic crisis along endless riots for the lebanese government to acknowledge how corrupt they are and resign.— aj (@KHARASZN) August 10, 2020 “There is little to celebrate” #Lebanon— The Diab #Hezbocracy—#Khamenei & #Nasrallah's #Hezbollah regime in #Beirut—has resigned, but there's little to celebrate:Many victims remain missing.Thousands maimed.≈300K homeless.Leb. remains under HZB's yoke.Leb. still hijacked by #Iran's regime.We mourn. ? pic.twitter.com/NYMCL9iSRa— Hezbollah Watch® (@HezbollahWatch) August 10, 2020 Remembering that the fight is not over The government resigned. The battle goes on.— Oleksandra El Zahran (@polleksandra) August 10, 2020 The resignation of #Lebanese government is a mere distraction from the real problem: The Mafia-Militia control over Lebanon state institutions. The #Mafia_Militia rule must end!!— Hanin Ghaddar (@haningdr) August 10, 2020 For everyone who thinks overthrowing this government is a victory.. Hassan Diab was nothing but a scapegoat. There’s no real change as long as corrupt politicians and criminals are still roaming around. #حسان_دياب https://t.co/OWQNGCm5m0— Elsa (@Ellsssaaa) August 10, 2020 Who’s next? @ AOUN @ BERRI — your turn! https://t.co/7aXVfhisKs— #PrayForBeirut (@LebaneseProblem) August 10, 2020 And the protests continue with a goal Small protest in #Beirut after PM Hassan Diab’s resignation. No one celebrating here. It doesent feel like anything has changed — we’re back to where we were 6 months ago politically, all while people’s living conditions have dropped dramatically. pic.twitter.com/NMhYUQaShz— Timour Azhari (@timourazhari) August 10, 2020 Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link Support our independent media - contribute today! Become a Patron!