Anatomy of a Revolution

Anatomy of a revolution

Lebanon is facing one of its most serious crises since the end of 1975-1990 civil war as weeks of nationwide protests demanding the removal of a corrupt political class show little sign of ending.

On the 17th of October 2019, Lebanese protesters took to the streets of Beirut to express their anger over a WhatsApp tax, newly imposed by their government. It was the beginning of the Lebanese Revolution, a wave of daily protests ranging from tens of thousands to even millions of Lebanese rising up against a deeply corrupt government. 

The “October Revolution” is a revolution against the ghosts of the civil war, feeding a politics of fear, for more than thirty years, the fear of ‘the other’ (confession) and that of civil unrest if the sectarian balance of power is disrupted.

Since October 17th, the walls of fear began to crumble under the weight of the ever-growing economic crisis, widening the horizons of possibilities and bringing to light interest-based alliances against the sectarian oligarchy. Poverty set to deepen with Lebanon's economic crisis. Fear of what the future may hold is palpable, as economic crisis deepens and living standards plummet rapidly.

Publications

NYT: Lebanon Protests Unite Sects in Demanding New Government

NYT: Lebanon Names New Cabinet Amid Political and Economic Crisis

NYT: To Make Sense of Lebanon’s Protests, Follow the Garbage

NYT: The new Lebanon is the old Lebanon

NYT: For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

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