Protesters blocked Monday several arteries of Beirut and other cities of Lebanon, maintaining the protest movement launched October 17 against the political elite of the country. The move, born in reaction to the government’s plan to tax phone calls made since the WhatsApp application, led last week to the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and accentuated the political and economic crisis that the country is going through.
The protesters cut the motorways to the north and south of Beirut as well as in other regions, in Tripoli in particular. “The motto is: ‘This revolution is not sleeping, form a government today,'” says Hashem Adnan, who is on a bridge in the capital. The protesters demand the formation of a government independent of the traditional Lebanese political class that they accuse of being corrupt.
“The population continues because they know they can not trust this regime,” he said. Although he resigned, Saad Hariri led an interim government while a new management team was formed. President Michel Aoun, a Christian allied to Hezbollah Shiites, must begin negotiations with the deputies to designate a new government that will, as provided by the Constitution, be led by a Sunni.