The Lebanese sickened by the descent into hell of their country

REPORT – A year after the start of the “revolution”, the unity of the demonstrators demanding the departure of the ruling class is crumbling and some are radicalizing for lack of hope.

By Thierry Oberlé and Sunniva Rose
Anti-government protesters in front of a metal sculpture with the word “revolution” topped in flames near the Port of Beirut. MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS

Special envoy to Beirut

A year after the popular uprising of October 17 and its procession of demonstrations in Beirut, the country of the Cedars is plunged into disarray. The movement failed to translate the aspirations of the Lebanese who recognized themselves in it. The Covid-19 virus, the economic crisis and its procession of bankruptcies, the collapse of the Lebanese pound, which has become a monkey’s currency, and the explosion of the port have dampened enthusiasms.

The withdrawal into oneself is de rigueur for a large part of the population whose main concern is survival. It is often accompanied by a disillusioned look at a “revolution” marked over weeks and then months by the absence of leading figures, the intrusion of thugs into the ranks of protesters, political infiltration and emergence. of religious differences between demonstrators while its strength was to transcend the currents. The Sunnis in Tripoli were demanding to support the Shiites in southern Lebanon.

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