A Lebanese uproar began on the 17thof this month, due to acclamations that the government failed to find solutions to the economic crisis that the nation has been facing for quite a while in major cities and towns, like Beirut.
It was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. New tax plans involving fees over WhatsApp calls, alongside rising costs of living. The laws were withdrawn after the uproar on the 19th, in an attempt to lessen the public’s anger.
The attempts don’t seem to have been as successful as aimed because the protests are still ongoing. Not only for the rising taxes, but also for the corruption as alleged. Saad El Hariri, the Lebanese president, gave his government partners a 72-hour deadline on Friday to agree on reforms that could ward off economic crisis, hinting he may otherwise resign.
“This country is moving towards total collapse. This regime has failed to lead Lebanon and it must be toppled and replaced,” said Mohammad Awada, 32, who is unemployed. “We no longer feel we have a state. This state tramples on all institutions.”
Several dozens of people have been arrested and injured.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that his group, which is a part of the government, objected to the resigning of the government, arguing that the country did not have enough time for such move given the acute financial crisis.
Will this turn into a bigger revolution or will the current government resign?