Today is the day to question the action of the Lebanese government and what the cabinet is trying to impose, what will future Lebanon look like amid the latest actions? In the past 10 days here’s what happened and what every picture -below- symbolizes:
The army beat up a peaceful protestor straight on the head with their heaviest weapons, as he was chanting slogans against the Central bank governor and the government in front of the central bank in Beirut.
The army killed a protestor in North Lebanon’s Tripoli, one of the largest and poorest cities of Lebanon, leaving a baby daughter and wife, and a broken-hearted sister behind.
And last but not least, the intelligence division is now calling journalists via phone, to summon them to the investigation also known as “come have a cup of coffee with us” in Lebanon – the latest journalist to be summoned is Ayman Sharouf.
The intelligence branch in 'Rachaya' summoned journalist @aymansharrouf to investigation via phone call yesterday.
When he asked 'Why' the officer replied "I have no idea wallah, but come anyway, we see you & you pay a visit to your parents too". pic.twitter.com/QoRqYIiSS2
— Luna Safwan – لونا صفوان (@LunaSafwan) May 8, 2020
It has come down to this in Lebanon:
-The Army is now ordered to protect banks not citizens.
– There is no hesitation to target and shoot protestors.
– Journalists are no longer off-limits, intimidation is the new strategy.
And as if all of this was not enough, Armed political parties send their thugs to do their dirty work and terrorize the streets and protestors, or launch online sectarian campaigns to bring people down – making everyone believe that Lebanon can no longer be fixed.
And on top of all of this, Lebanese have never been so demotivated and deceived, then came Covid19 to literally crack everything down. Lebanese are now settling to individual solutions, putting their own families first before rushing down to the streets as most of them did without any hesitation on the 17th of October 2019.
This is a very crucial time for Lebanon – if the Lebanese protests are silenced now, nothing will bring them back to life.
The government is making sure that its slow strategies divide people more, and I must say, the job was fascinating: the government managed to switch the attention of people to the never-ending argument and back and forth war between the new cabinet and Riad Salame (Governor of the Central bank), IMF, inflation, and recently pinning every economic challenge on money exchangers in Lebanon.
Meanwhile, fuel is still being smuggled to Syria, a strategy the reminds us of how the USD vanished from the Lebanese market, and yet many have doubted how/when the corruption related to adulterated fuel started in Lebanon, and what does it have to do with Syria and Hezbollah, Journalist Hareth Sleiman made sure to clear this one out.
The Lebanese government, headed by Hassan Diab, will not succeed in implementing any rescue plan as long as all of its proposals are mended and edited in order to satisfy Hezbollah and its Lebanese and regional allies.