As if the situation couldn’t get more sterile and fragmented, torrential rains in the last couple days gave protestors an additional tenacious grip to their revolution purposes. The country got paralyzed again but this time it wasn’t people blocking roads. The streets were flooded with sewage and industrial waste, citizens and cars were literally swimming in pools of water. Infrastructure was highly damaged by the bad weather as well, as we could see roofs falling and walls crumbling.
When weather disturbances got calmer, civil disobediences broke through; protestors decided to gather in front of politician’s houses, triggered by the violent behavior of the army and parliament police who were detaining and beating protestors with baseball bats. In addition to that, excessive violence was witnessed from infiltrated sectarians who hit peaceful citizens, set cars and tents on fire without being prosecuted.
Furthermore, to refrain revolutionists from invading the area, reinforcements were built around the main entry of the parliament; a fence made of concrete was set reminding people of the Berlin Wall.
Parliamentary consultations and prime minister nomination:
Political powers met again at the presidential palace in order to name a new Prime Minister that would eventually persuade everyone, a candidate backed by Hezbollah won the seat with 69 votes. The university professor in communications and computer engineering and Vice President of the American University of Beirut, has a very short political experience as Minister of Education. Hassan Diab was welcomed with a wave of criticism, for his name was always associated with egocentric mentality such as dealing with power for personal matters, self-improvement and promotion.
Protesters saw Diab as belonging to a political class, and that his name was a settlement between the political forces. This appointment confirmed their demand for a government of specialists. In response to that, activists cut off some roads in the capital Beirut, the Bekaa and North regions, in addition to the road linking Beirut and the south in protest against Diab’s mandate to form the government.
While security and economic situation worsen it seems that a clear mindset is expanding between citizens, a stronger bond is reuniting an entire heterogenous population, aiming to reform the core of the system where no corruption or injustice presides.