Thousands of Lebanese took to the streets on April 27, Monday, demanding revolution amid rising poverty, hunger, economic hardship and uncertainty, even as the government seems to turn a blind eye to the urgent issues plaguing the country
A large number of protesters gathered and shouted slogans from inside cars in order to maintain physical distancing in light of COVID-19
The financial crisis in Lebanon – a country with one of the world’s worst debt-to-GDP ratios – has deepened sharply due to the impact of the COVID-19 emergency. Protesters on Tuesday used cars to maintain social distancing norms
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
Political forces in the country have failed to respond to the protesters’ demands for an overhaul of the political system in any credible way, even after three months of popular protests in the country
The country has been witnessing popular protests since October 17, last year
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
Hariri has emerged as a leading contender for the post of prime minister after businessman Samir Khatib withdrew his candidature. However, this may bring protesters to the streets again
Jana Nakhal from the Lebanese Communist Party analyses the current stage of the movement, the response of the state and police, and the path ahead for the thousands on the street.
We will also take a look at Lebanon, where after days of protest, the prime minister was forced to resign.