Seventeen years have passed since the Cedar Revolution began on March 14, 2005.
Following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the independence uprising’s main goals were to end Syria’s guardianship over Lebanon, depose the pro-Syrian government of Omar Karami, and hold parliamentary elections to reclaim the state’s legitimacy and sovereignty from the Assad regime.
For months, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese marched to Martyrs’ Square in order to free the country from tutelage and usher in a new era, the second independence.
However, the criminal regime and its allies in Lebanon decided to confront this peaceful popular movement with terrorism and began a series of assassinations targeting Cedar Revolution leaders.
The glare of the Cedar Revolution faded with time, the allies dispersed, and the compass was lost.
But, seventeen years later, where has the independence uprising ended up, what has it accomplished, and where has it failed?
This is a message from their comrade and living martyr Marwan Hamadeh to the martyrs who fell one after the other and rose from their heights, witnessing the state of affairs, and that their sacrifices did not lead the country to safety and the freedom, sovereignty, and independence that they fought for until their last breath.
So, despite all of the Cedar Revolution’s failures and difficulties, it is certain that the project’s goal of crossing into a free and independent sovereign state will remain its first and final address.