Bridging The rights of Protesting and Hitting The Rebels

A new and hopeful protest movement is going on in Lebanon, with thousands of people stepping up against the country’s political elite. What began as protests over the past week against austerity and government plans tended to expand from only protests against tax measures to movements against the corrupt ruling class.

The prime minister’s recently announced that the economic plan has done little to end the rage happening in the country’s streets at the moment. The measures are too little, and came too late, as the government has lost people’s trust and confidence. The only surprising thing about the protests, is that they did not erupt earlier.

For years, a rage has been growing against the country’s corrupted and distant political elite. In recent weeks, this anger rose once again over the sudden shortage of savings in dollars, which raised fears over the amount of vital available to the people. The final indignity was the wrong imposition of a tax on WhatsApp calls.

The Lebanese government is trying to calm the protests with new economic reforms. That plan could work, but achieving lasting change and progress requires a long-term commitment from the protesters, as well. Here comes the possibility to bridge the protests and the rebels: working together on achieving a long-term commitment from the government where corruption and misgovernment are not allowed anymore.

The fact that many Lebanese people are now overcoming their religious and political differences to fight together against a single cause, is certainly profitable for a brighter future for Lebanon. However, not wanting a government, is not a smart move from the protesters. They have no clear vision for what kind of a country they want, once they will be able to deplete their leaders. They have no specific plan for changing their political system and weeding out corruption, therefore a plan should be made first, or simply politicians should stop their corrupted plans and work together on creating a healthy and safe environment for their population.

From the past, it’s envisioned that just one violent attack or wrong statement from the politicians can be enough to turn the Lebanese population all against each other. This must not happen. Everyone should remain nonviolent and rebels should end their attacks. The protesters should examine and review the government’s recent economic reforms and propose themselves some specific demands for change, instead of calling for the abolishment of Lebanon’s political system.

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