Protesters call for general strike on Monday

From Lebanon’s far south to its far north, crowds filled the streets, blocking some areas including: Jal el-Dib, Ring Bridge, and Bliss Street.
by Sally Farhat

4 November 2019 | 00:30

Source: by Annahar

  • by Sally Farhat
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 4 November 2019 | 00:30

Photo taken in Jal el-Dib (Annahar\TK Maloy)

BEIRUT: Demonstrators rushed back to the streets late on Sunday, calling for a general strike. 

While schools will be closed and banks will be tentatively open, most universities did not issue any statement, meaning classes are still set to resume on Monday. 

“I’ve been protesting since day one and I’m glad to see the Lebanese coming back on track and revolting again,” Tatiana Sibai told Annahar. “Time's over, we are not leaving the streets until all our demands are met.”

The country is six days post the fall of the cabinet. After Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned last Tuesday, protesters cleared the roads and gave the government a few days to process their two remaining demands: the formation of a technocrat government and early elections.

As parliamentary consultations to nominate a new Prime Minister were postponed, protesters united once again on Sunday to exert pressure on officials. From Lebanon’s far south to its far north, crowds filled the streets, blocking some areas including Jal el-Dib, Ring Bridge, and Bliss Street.

Photo from Jal el-Dib 

Annahar's correspondent reported from Jal el-Dib that demonstrators were able to block the highway from its north to its south in sizable numbers despite the army’s attempt to prevent them. Church bells rang while demonstrators chanted: Selmiye (peaceful) and Thawra (revolution). 

“Nothing drove me back to the streets, as I have never really left,” A protester at Ring Bridge said. “The spirit of the people today was refreshing, it seemed as if everyone was ready to start all over again. The government has resigned yet no PM was assigned, and we do not have any clue on what the new government would look like. This is why we need to stay in the streets to pressure the political class into creating the desired government in the fastest time frame possible and with our conditions.”

TK Maloy and Paula Nawfal contributed to the report.

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