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Classics The Lebanese celebrate the first anniversary of an unprecedented popular uprising

01:55  18 october  2020
01:55  18 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform in the crisis-hit country.

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Des milliers de Libanais ont défilé ce samedi 17 octobre à Beyrouth pour marquer le 1er anniversaire de la «révolution». © REUTERS / Aziz Taher Thousands of Lebanese marched this Saturday, October 17 in Beirut to mark the 1st anniversary of the “revolution”.

This Saturday, the Lebanese celebrated a year of demonstrations against the power in place and the corruption of the leaders. Thousands again took to the streets to protest peacefully. An anniversary with great fanfare, as the country continues to sink into a deep economic and political crisis.

With our correspondent in Beirut, Noé Pignède

One year after the beginning of the popular protest, the hope of bringing down the power in place has not left the demonstrators.

While the movement seemed to be running out of steam in recent months, the strong mobilization of this Saturday brings a smile to this activist from the start. “With the coronavirus, it's more and more difficult to take to the streets so suddenly it's very good today, there are really a lot of people, a lot more than we thought. It means that people have not forgotten, that they are still there, that they especially have the same requests. They're going to stay on the streets until that changes. Of course I have hope, but it will take a long time, I think. »

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The 2019–20 Lebanese protests, also known locally as the October Revolution, are a series of civil protests that took place in Lebanon .

To the sound of revolutionary songs, the procession heads for the port. For everyone here, the double explosion that hit Beirut on August 4 has become a symbol of the incompetence of the ruling power.

Anthony Zaro lost three of his friends in the blast. Today he is demonstrating to honor their memory. “They dreamed of a new Lebanon, a better country, for our families and our future children and they died here. They were working at the port and no one told them to leave. This explosion happened because of corruption. My government killed my friends. I will never leave the street, because if we leave the street, they will be dead for nothing. Our dream will come true. They cannot kill our beliefs. Our dream of a new Lebanon is still alive. "

But Anthony knows it will be a long struggle: a year after the start of the movement, President Michel Aoun is still in place, former Prime Minister Saïd Hariri is now expected to return to business.

Read also: Analysis / Lebanon: the protest is running out of steam, the political class is hanging on

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