Beirut, Lebanon – Protesters were burning tires, stoning soldiers and blocking roads across Lebanon when the country's anti-government protests entered their fifth week.
Demonstrators marched to the Presidential Palace in Baabda, outraged by President Michel Aung's statement in a television interview Tuesday that if those demonstrating "do not see decent people in this country, let them emigrate." They will not come to power. "
Hundreds of Lebanese soldiers stopped gathering protesters several hundred meters from the palace, blocking the road with jeeps, barbed wire and three deep police lines throughout the armor.
Tensions increased throughout the day with several fights and one arrest. Protesters smeared graffiti along the route with a slogan that read, "How do you sleep at night, Mr. President?"
"His words were offensive, he was insulting; it just fueled everyone, very angry everyone, ”said Hala Nasredin, wearing a Lebanese flag woven through her hair. "He came across as he has no idea how people feel or behave and for almost a month now people have been on the street. It really didn't get him in any shape or form.
" And far from this reality on earth, which he tells us is like the Godfather and saved us, and if we don't like what he offers, we must leave the country, "added the 48-year-old Beirut activist.
" Who should tell us to leave your own country? If anyone has to leave this country, it must be him and his companions. "
" Everything means everything "
Aun admitted that negotiations for a new government were stalled more than two weeks after the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He does not want to return to a new cabinet unless was not entirely made up of technocrats, one of the key demands of the protesters.
The president, however, stated that the new government should include existing politicians because "the technocrat government cannot determine the politics of the country."
clear whether protesters will accept the return to Hariri or one of the existing politicians. If one often hears the chanting of the monthly protest movement, "Kilon yanni kilon" ̵
Once the country enters. in its second month of continuous demonstrations, banks remain closed after workers began to strike for fear of safety after several employees were attacked as usual
Universities and schools remained closed until further notice and filling stations they began splitting fuel or closing, saying their reserves would run out within a week. Aung warned that the country was heading for a "disaster", but in his third speech in as many weeks, he did not propose concrete solutions to the protests of the protesters.
While she does not expect the political system to change overnight, Nasreddin stated that the refusal of the government to make room for fresh faces in politics further alienates protesters and drives away their anger.
"The least they can do is step back and allow new blood, new thinkers … to take on and do something for us to change. They've had [power] for 30 years, they haven't failed us, "she said." If we try and fail, it's our fault, but give us a chance to try something different, it's our right. "
The demonstrations, which remained largely peaceful after the clashes on the first night of October 17, are now held in the shadow of a new reality; one that spreads not only rage but also fear.
On Tuesday, Alaa Abu Fahr, a member of the Druze Progressive Socialist Party, was shot in the head by a soldier in front of his wife and child while Tested in Khalde, south of Beirut, later dying in hospital, the Army maintains that the bullet disappeared when shots were fired to disperse protesters arguing over an obstacle.
to hold Abu Fahar monuments, inscribing his name in candlelight and covering photographs of his father's two in white floral wreaths. to tblasnat police. The clashes continued throughout the night.
"I was hoping that today [afterthedeath Abu Facher all of Lebanon would be here, but that is not the case," protested Mirna Makarem. "And this is because they are from the generation that went through the civil war. They are scared.
" Our president has already fought a war against the Lebanese once, "she said, referring to what the Lebanese call" Hareb Auw. "- The Aun War – the 1989 offensive against Muslim and Druze militias led by Aun, then commander-in-chief of the army, during the Lebanon civil war that killed more than 900 Lebanese.
" Why not did it a second time and use the weapons of the army against us, people? We are trying to do this, this revolution, from the beginning, peacefully. So many of us have been hit and never returned. But what can I do against a bullet? "