Activists, who came to Martyrs’ Square from different parts of the city, carried anti-Iran banners and chanted slogans. The demonstrators then marched towards the Port of Beirut, where the big explosion occurred on August 4, 2020.
Speaking to AA correspondent, one of the demonstrators, Joseph Ahmed, said, “All of the administrators are involved in corruption. We are determined to change this system. We will continue our struggle through peaceful means.” said.
Regarding the attacks on Shiite parties, Hezbollah and Amal supporters last week, Ahmed said that they wish all components of Lebanon to live peacefully.
It was noteworthy that members of the Shiite party did not participate in the demonstrations.
October 2019 demonstrations in Lebanon
In Lebanon, demonstrations were held across the country on October 17, 2019, over the government’s plan to tax the use of instant communication application WhatsApp.
Although the government stated that it went to such a taxation plan to alleviate the burden of the deepening economic crisis in the country, it could not prevent the people from taking to the streets.
At that time, the activists did not just revolt against WhatsApp taxes, they also took to the streets for reasons such as the inability of the sectarian political parties that have shared the administration for years to find solutions to the problems, corruption, increasing economic difficulties, power cuts, garbage that cannot be collected, and the inadequacy of basic public services.
Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on 29 October 2019 due to the social mobilization, increasing mass demonstrations and the fact that the activists did not leave the squares.
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