The trampled hopes of the Lebanese revolution

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The families of the victims of the explosion at the port of Beirut in August 2020 demonstrate in front of the courthouse on September 29 against the suspension of the investigation by Judge Tarek Bitar. Elisa Gestri/Sipa USA/SIPA/Elisa Gestri/Sipa USA/SIPA

INVESTIGATION – Blocking of institutions, economic bankruptcy, irremovable oligarchy, attacks on justice, massive emigration, return of armed violence … Two years after the major demonstrations bearing the hope of a Lebanon freed from its confessional shackles, the regime is charging its survival at a high price by the population.


Two years after the start of a popular uprising of rare magnitude, which has been dubbed “thawra” (“revolution” in Arabic) by its actors, the morale of the Lebanese is at its lowest. Only 3% of them believe that the country “Going in the right direction”, against 97% of pessimists, according to a poll conducted by the National Democratic Institute before the outbreak of armed violence that plunged Beirut into astonishment on Thursday. The hopes of Grand Soir born from the movement of October 17, 2019 were trampled by an unwavering power, despite a record that will undoubtedly remain in the annals of the world: one of the most serious economic and financial crises for more than a century, outside of war or natural disaster; and, on August 4, 2020 in the port of Beirut, one of the most violent non-nuclear explosions to ever occur; not to mention the inability to ensure civil peace, as once again demonstrated by the last scenes of war in the heart of the capital,

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