You got to give it to the Lebanese mothers’ stubborn determination to maintain the nation’s unity and prevent a war. They have been at the frontline of this revolution, and also at its heart with all that it stands for. Valiant pacific knights, their minds on Lebanon’s safety, their hearts on the people’s well being, and their actions constructively oriented towards the ultimate goal.
This recent march of Saturday may not have been the first of their endeavors, but it was still as critical and required to reaffirm the unity of two districts of Beirut; Burj Al-Ghazal in Achrafieh where their march took off and Khandaq El-Ghamiq where the destination was set.
Between supporters and non-supporters of the Lebanese revolution and the demands required, a group of thugs taking refuge in Khandaq El-Ghamiq wanted to wreck the revolution from within. They took it upon themselves to yell, mock, and abuse the protesters in Riad El-Solh, Martyrs’ Square, and the Ring Bridge.
These thugs hid behind sectarian chants and gave themselves the right to hit men and women, destroy tents, and set fire around to disrupt the peace. As the revolutionaries insisted on the peacefulness of the demonstration, the Lebanese army forces formed into human shields to separate the thugs from the people.
However, on the 45th day of the revolution and amid huge fear of economic and financial breakdown, our brave Lebanese women refused to be prisoners of pessimism and secularism and decided to come in peace together with the people of Khandaq El-Ghamiq.
This move was to prove that peacemakers refute violence and will always break all the walls that divide us as Lebanese people sharing the same pain and the same hardships under the current dragging crises in Lebanon.
The Ring Bridge, which has witnessed the most violence throughout 45 days -and was called by some as the bridge of strives– turned on Saturday, Nov 30, into a bridge of unity, joining two communities that know no hatred; only peace, dabkeh, and our love for shawarma!
The women march was met with white flowers, tears, and zalghouta, like a mother on the wedding day of her children. Singing the Lebanese National Anthem, mothers also chanted a now-popular chant that says: “We do not want secularism, we only want national unity.”
This bridge has so far passed by all the phases of this revolution and its hardships and has seen the best and the worst of the revolution. After Saturday’s initiative, this bridge does deserve the name of The House of the Nation!