Situation in Lebanon: Mass protests and demands for new government

Author : Usy Assada (Assad's moustache) Telegram channel

Source : Telegram

The Lebanese Ministry of Defense reported that they had completed a search and rescue operation at the site of the explosion in the port of Beirut
12:37, 11 August 2020

REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The Lebanese Ministry of Defense reported that they had completed a search and rescue operation at the site of the explosion in the port of Beirut. They believe that no one else is left under the rubble.

The latest figure for the victims of the disaster is as follows: 158 dead and about 6,000 wounded and injured. About 300,000 people were left without shelter, 80,000 of them are children. Another 21 people are considered missing.

According to the rescue services, a crater 43 meters deep was formed at the site of the explosion. Rescuers from other countries help the Lebanese authorities: Germany, Italy, France, Qatar, Turkey, Russia.

The first arrests took place in the bombing case. The police detained head of the Customs Service Badri Dager, his predecessor Shafik Mehri, as well as director-general of the port of Beirut, Hassan Koraytem.

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Massive anti-government demonstrations that erupted in the city center slightly subsided and people returned back to their homes.

In total, during the clashes between demonstrators and security forces, more than 600 people were injured, including 105 military personnel and more than 50 police officers. About 20 people were arrested.

Authorities said protesters burned many important documents at the Foreign Ministry and the Economy Ministry when they seized both buildings yesterday.

However, the organizers of the protests urge them to return to the streets and demand the resignation of the government. The situation is still tense, and an atmosphere of mistrust, irritation, and revolutionary impulse is in the air.

Speaking about the highest political level, apparently, a game has begun for who and how will manage to leave the sinking ship, throw off toxicity and responsibility, as well as quickly navigate and join the camp of the victors.

This race began after the statement of Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diyab, who called for early parliamentary elections to be announced. Thus, he opened the way for a new round of internal political battles, into which all the main Lebanese ruling clans rushed.

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The first move was decided by political forces tied to the Western elites and their allies opposing the presence of Iran: France, the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, etc.

Information Minister Mana Abdel Samad, who represented the interests of the Druze community in the government, resigned.

Following her, six MPs resigned: three MPs from the Christian pro-Western and anti-Iranian Kata’ib party, MP from a Druze deputy Marwan Hamadeh, and two independent ones.

Shortly thereafter, the patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church, Bechara al-Rai, closely associated with France, called on the government to resign "if it is unstable and unable to govern the country."

We could recall the recent high-profile resignation of Lebanese Ambassador to Jordan Tracy Chamoun, a representative of the very influential pro-French political dynasty Chamun-Adib. Her grandfather was the ex-President of Lebanon, Camille Chamoun.

As if not much in hiding, the leader of the anti-Iranian pro-Western Christian Lebanese Forces party, Samir Jajaa, said that they were holding talks with the MPs, trying to get as many parliamentary resignations as possible in order to provoke early elections.

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In parallel with this, an international video conference of external donors has begun, which is being organized by French President Emmanuel Macron. The members of the conference discussed the conditions for the allocation of humanitarian and financial aid to Lebanon. As you yourself understand, these conditions also presuppose the political transformation of Lebanon to the interests of the conference participants – the countries of the collective West and the Arabian monarchies.

At the same time, the Turks have fussed with it. An entire delegation led by Vice President Fuat Oktay arrived in Beirut. Turkey has offered to establish a permanent air bridge for the delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as to rebuild the port of Beirut. At the time of construction, the Turks are proposing that the Lebanese use their port in Mersin.

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