We’ve been hearing about 06/06/2020 all week now, the start of Stage Two of the Revolution, and how it would a big day for the Lebanese revolution… and big it was. A lot happened on Saturday in Lebanon, good and bad.
Here’s everything that happened during Saturday’s protests:
#1 The Lebanese revolution is back for sure
For all of those who participated in the protests, or who watched them on TV, or read the news, Saturday’s revolution seemed a lot like the onset of the Lebanese revolution on its first days.
#2 It was an eventful and suspenful day
Chants, marches, banners, speakerphones, Lebanese flags, clashes, fires, roadblocks, tons of people, music, demands, interviews, so many opinions, and conflicts.
Overall, it was a day that included ‘a little bit of everything’.
#3 People had many rightful demands
As usual, people openly and freely expressed their demands, whether by holding up banners or by using their voices.
#4 People from all over the country participated
Buses came to the Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut from all over the country: Bekaa, Tripoli, the South…
#5 There were some clashes, but peaceful protesters stayed till the end
We’ll talk more about the clashes soon, but people who were committed to the peaceful protests stood their grounds till late in the evening.
They held tight and proudly to their flags, banners, rightful demands, and above all communication and expressing themselves vocally.
#6 Clashes between some rioters and the police
As it often happens, some people attempted to start a riot and began throwing rocks at the police guarding the Parliament. This led to several clashes between them and members of the police who responded with tear gas.
#7 Political parties got involved
The revolution got used to political supporters of Amal and Hezbollah making their opposing and disturbing appearances. However, this time there were also members of the Lebanese Forces and Kataeb parties, as expected from their previous announcement that they will participate.
Chants for the disarmament of Hezbollah were heard from among the protesters, and sectarian chants were heard from the opposing side.
#8 And clashes between protesters and certain political partisans