Friday, October 9, 2015

How the violence started yesterday

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How the violence started yesterday according to a video posted by the Tol3et Re7etkom (You Stink) group on their Facebook page.

The caption reads: “The liberation of Downtown from the oppressive metallic barriers… Public places belong to the Lebanese people and not to the corrupt and those who forcefully extended their illegal authority (parliament’s term)”

تحرير وسط المدينة من الحواجز الحديدية القمعية... الساحات العامة هي للشعب اللبناني وليس للفاسدين والممددين غصباً , السلطة الغير شرعية #مستمرون#طلعت_ريحتكم
Posted by ‎طلعت ريحتكم‎ on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Furthermore, here’s the Facebook post calling for yesterday’s demonstration. It’s self-explanatory: protesters versus security forces.

The removal of garbage was only one item on a very long list of demands, as shown in this video posted on Al-Jadeed’s Youtube channel.

Clearly the removal of garbage was not a priority. Clearly clashes with security forces were intended.

Since, this whole hoohah has taken precedent in the news and on social media, and no one even mentioned the urgent need to remove garbage, now that rain has started.

Was this the objective of the protest’s organizers? Let’s hope not. Let’s hope it was a passing mistake not to be repeated again.

1 comment:

Fadi said...

I think people underestimate the role and the control the ISF has over the whole situation.
If the ISF didn't want a confrontation, they would have setup better security fences, not the ridiculous design they did on Thursday, that you have to admit, welcomes attempts to breach it.
If the ISF really feared for Nejme Square, they would work on deescalating the situation, it wouldn't take them hours of tear-gasing and water cannons in all directions to deescalate the situation. They wanted a confrontation with protesters and they got it.
Maybe you and I would've not been taken to an escalation where we start to hurl rocks at anyone or breach fences, but any group of people is bound to have people with different reactions, and what happened (what some people called "rioting" while I don't particularly agree to that label since none of the protesters had preemptively intended to sabotage public or private property) does not take away from the justness of the public grassroots movements.
It's important to always put things in perspective, remember who is the organised, disciplined group that is responsible to deescalate the situation and failed miserably and might I add, intentionally I believe.