One Person Was Killed And More Than 200 Injured In A Protest Against Imprisonment In Lebanon
2021-01-28 | by CusiGO
Omar tayba, 20, was injured and killed Thursday morning in violent clashes between demonstrators and riot fighters in the northern city of Tripoli. On Wednesday night, hundreds of citizens protested for financial compensation to mitigate the impact of strict restrictions and store closures imposed this month to control coronavirus infection.
Lebanon’s national news agency increased the number of injured to 226, while nine of the internal security forces were injured, one of them seriously. The protestors set fire to a police station and went to seralo in Tripoli, where they were welcomed by riot personnel with tear gas, water guns and rubber bullets. Activists held several demonstrations in support of Tripoli on social media Thursday afternoon, including in the capital Beirut. In the country’s second most populous northern city, protests revived in the early afternoon.
Since October 2019, the coronavirus has launched a nationwide social protest movement. After a pause in the movement, it has been the poorest City, where discontent has once again stained the asphalt with blood. Tayba, 29, works in a bakery and was buried this morning in the tripolitan community of BAB El tabeneh, where 78% of the residents live below the poverty line (double the national average, according to the United Nations). As of Thursday, the last protester killed by law enforcement officers also collapsed in the city: fawaz Fouad, a 26 year old mechanic and father of two, was shot dead in another demonstration in April.
“We have not done justice,” complains his 26 year old sister Fatima Fouad in Beirut. The young activist claimed that “Lebanon’s intelligence never allowed doctors to remove bullets from fawaz’s leg” and that they did not receive medical reports. “Tripoli has been abandoned by the state: it has the longest blackout every day, the most crowded hospitals, no schools, and now the protestors are shot,” the young man continued. Activists in Lebanon showed several videos on social media last night, where you can hear the gunfire of the protestors as they seek refuge in the central square.
Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization, issued a report on Thursday condemning “the illegal use of French police equipment to suppress (Lebanon) protests.”. According to the document, over the years, Paris has delivered riot materials to Lebanon “for human rights violations.”. That’s why AI asked France to stop selling and to take responsibility. The report points out that so far, none of the 40 complaints filed by the protestors has received a response from the judiciary in Lebanon. The abuse described shooting with low altitude rubber bullets, blinding some of the protestors, abusing tear gas, or beating key parts such as the head and neck.
The severe measures announced against the spread of coronavirus further exacerbated the severe financial crisis, the free fall of the Lebanon pound, and the health and socio political crisis. In the poorest parts of the country, such as Tripoli, most workers charge a daily fee. The rapid deterioration of the economy is likely to overturn the national protest movement again, which originated from the demonstration against the WhatsApp telephone tax and eventually turned into a pan citizen protest.
At the beginning of the protests in 2019, citizens asked the political and economic elites to leave collectively, accusing them of corruption, and then seeking justice when the state’s negligence led to a brutal explosion in Beirut port in August, killing 205 people and injuring more than 6500. The tragedy led to the resignation of the government, which has yet to be established.
According to the Ministry of health, Lebanon has had an average of nearly 4000 infections and 75 deaths per day in the past week, the country with the highest number of deaths during the entire epidemic. So far, 2553 people have died of coronavirus in Lebanon. The doctors’ Union recently warned that four fifths of ICU beds are occupied. In a country where 85% of health is in the hands of the private sector, the informal trade in oxygen cylinders is budding. The Lebanon administration has completely closed state institutions and shops and imposed a 24-hour curfew. Citizens must apply for a permit to leave their homes, and even supermarkets must be closed until 6 p.m.