Thousands of protesters called for “revenge” against the ruling class of politicians in the Martyr Square in Beirut, who were widely responsible for the eruption that destroyed the massive waste of the Lebanese capital.
Protesters raised mock galleries to protest against “Judgment Day” as grief sparked anger after more than 154 people were killed and others missing. More than 5,000 people have been injured.
The protesters also gave signs to read, “Here is where the noose should be hung.” Mock galleys have become a major symbol of the demonstrations, demanding that those responsible for Tuesday’s blast be held accountable, as well as against the country’s corruption and mismanagement.
The execution was carried out at the same place where more than 100 people were hanged by the then ruling Ottoman Empire for rebelling against Istanbul. The martyr’s square statue recalls those executions.
18-year-old defender Dana Itani said, “We were born and sprang up with this regime in place – we believe it’s time to go, especially after the last eruption.” “These politicians deserve to be hanged here, they are worse than honesty.”
The protesters threw stones at the riot police near Najmeh Square, where the country’s parliament is located.
51-year-old Hayat Ghazaridin said, “I lived in a civil war. I was displaced, won harsh days and we had already lost home in the war. We thought it was the same.” You can die now, which is the most frightening thing. ”
He said, “I wish I could hang them myself.”
Lebanon was already embroiled in an economic recession ahead of Tuesday’s blast that destroyed its main port, destroying grain silos. The international community has already sent emergency medical and food supplies to the country and is pledging tens of millions of dollars in funds.
Tuesday’s disaster has also made the country’s political crisis an important point. Since a popular uprising in the government of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in October, public disagreement has erupted against the ruling political class, intensifying a financial crisis that is one of the country’s worst ever.
In addition to some high-profile official resignations, five members of parliament have resigned in protest. Authorities have detained 16 people in connection with the blast, including the Director General of Lebanese Customs, Badri Daher, Head of Beirut Port, Hassan Kretem, and former Chief of Customs, Shafik Merry.