NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the continuing crisis in Lebanon in the context of the shooting of protesters in Beirut. He explains the legacy of the civil war
On October 14, seven people, including a woman, were killed and dozens were wounded when gunmen attacked a protest in Beirut’s Tayouneh area. A video of an soldier shooting at protesters has gone viral on social media
The strike was called by the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers (CGTL), an umbrella body of trade unions in the country, and supported by some major political parties including the Free Patriotic Movement, Future Movement, and Amal
Mustapha Adib, Lebanon’s ambassador to Germany, has won the support of the major political blocs but is part of an establishment whose credibility is at a historic low following the Beirut blasts
On January 21, president Michael Aoun announced the formation of a new government led by Hassan Diab but protests may continue as many of the key demands have not been met
Protests who have been mobilizing since October are not satisfied with the election of Hassan Diab and continue to push their demands of a complete overhaul of the political system
Security forces tried to stop the protestors and fired tear gas, injuring scores.
Fresh protests were registered in Lebanon over the weekend, with the failure of the country’s ruling elites to resolve the political crisis following the resignation of Saad Hariri as prime minister