Sunday's March of Clarity: Restating the revolution’s demands

The aim was to remind everyone of what the protesters are actually requesting and desire to see as an outcome of this revolution.
by Nessryn Khalaf

1 December 2019 | 19:25

Source: by Annahar

  • by Nessryn Khalaf
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 1 December 2019 | 19:25

Lebanese protesters carry an Arabic banner that reads, "Down with the civil war regime," as they march in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Since the dormant Lebanese politicians have proved to be inactive in fulfilling the demands of the distressed protesters, this Sunday’s demonstration was established as the Sunday March of Clarity (مسيرة أحد الوضوح).

At 2 pm, protesters assembled in front of the National Museum, Sassine Square, and the Central Bank preparing to march to Sodeco. Then, at 3 pm, the steadfast protesters marched from Sodeco to Martyrs’ Square and Riad el Solh.

Holding banners that read “our demands are clear, we want a technocratic government” and “national unity against sectarianism," protesters once again asserted the pleas, which the government has turned a deaf ear to for the past 46 days.

“Many political parties are trying to instill fear in the people’s hearts by bringing up the prospect of a new civil war, but we won’t let that happen,” Nada Karaki, a protester in Sodeco, expressed while waving the Lebanese flag.

Marwan el Helou, a demonstrator in Riad el Solh, told Annahar that “my wife and I are here today because we want to provide our children with a future that does not comprise of wars, corruption, unemployment, and immigration.”

The aim was to remind everyone of what the protesters are actually requesting and desire to see as an outcome of this revolution. That includes the establishment of a transitional government with exceptional legislative powers, whose members are not affiliated with any of the ruling political parties.

Many protesters expressed their dissent and irritation with the country’s feeble political and economic situation during the march, and Maria Abou Arraj, an economics graduate from AUB protesting in Martyrs’ Square, told Annahar that “immediate procedures need to be implemented to halt Lebanon’s severe economic collapse and protect citizens from drowning in a pond of poverty.”

The zealous citizens also chanted and reemphasized their unity through anti-sectarian slogans like “we don’t want sectarianism” and “the government will not divide us." 

Their demands are plain and conspicuous, and while the government may be refusing to listen, they will not abandon their ardent cause.

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