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“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin for Sunday 17 October 2021

A brief of today’s news bulletin:

  • What has been left from October 17 revolution?
  • Did Bassil sell the dignity of October 13 martyrs for the sake of Sayed Hassan?
  • How will small business enterprises be compensated due to power crisis?

Two years have passed since October 17 revolution. Two years started impressively and stunningly. Hundreds of thousands of protesters in all regions took to the streets to express their disgust from a corrupt political class. They also protested to call for accountability, and make a difference. But the immediate radical change reached a deadlock.

The Shiite duo and their allies took to the street as usual in their black shirts and their violent practices, so the people turned back and retreated. They knew that the duo, and most notably Hezbollah, had taken to the street to protect the Christian umbrella, Michel Aoun and his movement. Thus, the revolution ceased its first retreat. It is a peaceful revolution rather than a violent revolution, while the party that confronts them is first and foremost an armed party.

The Corona pandemic prevailed and swept the rest of the popular movement in the street, and the relative regression turned into an almost complete regression. Then came the Beirut Port explosion, were the slogans of revolution were mixed with slogans demanding truth and justice. These slogans will keep raised, as long as the Shiite duo is confronting the judicial investigator, Tarek Bitar, to prevent him from completing his work and investigations.

Does this display mean that the revolution is over? In fact, what started on October 17 cannot end. It is true that the number of moves have reduced, and that the demonstrations have dimmed for a thousand reasons. It is true that the rallies retreated and the squares emptied of the revolutionaries. But it is also true that the October 17 revolution created a public opinion that enquires and holds the political class accountable, a public opinion that stands in the face of those who master the law’s abuse and evasion of justice.

If October 17 revolution wasn’t available, the attack of Hezbollah and the Amal movement on the judicial investigator, Tarek Bitar, would have achieved its goal? If the flame of the revolution is still igniting, and the revolutionaries’ hearts are still beating with the spirit of accountability, and the date for the parliamentary elections has approached, we are heading towards change!

  • Sawt Beirut International