After Iraq, it is now Lebanon where armed forces have gone to the streets to disperse protestors that are demanding social and economic reform in Lebanon’s capital Beirut.
An anti-graft street movement has been ongoing on the streets of the country, for close to a month now.
A nation wise protest has paralyzed the economy. So far, no deaths had been reported, to the exception of last week, where two civilians have succumbed to their injuries.
A rather peaceful movement of civilians left them enraged when President Michel Aoun seemed to have out of his way to defend the role of his allies, the Shiite movement Hezbollah, in Lebanon’s government.
Civilians have been protesting against the corrupt functioning of the government and its allies. Hezbollah that has representation in the Lebanese government, is an organization recognized as a terrorist faction by the US.
It has been instrumental in acting as a proxy to Iran led wars and created quite an unrest in Lebanon itself. While the current government stepped down from leadership on October 29, a new government has not been formed.
The United Nation’s special coordinator for Lebanon is Jan Kubis. He has urged Lebanon to accelerate the formation of a new government that would be able “to appeal for support from Lebanon’s international partners,” and be able to restore balance and trust amongst the people.
Lebanese population wants to completely do away with a current lot of leadership.
Taxation of phone calls through free applications was the tip of the iceberg, letting lose a mass protest nationwide against all other corruption led practices of the government, which has sunk the country’s economy into a deep abyss.
An official statement by the World Bank states that around one-third of Lebanese are currently living in poverty and has warned the country’s struggling economy could further deteriorate if a new cabinet is not formed rapidly.
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