It was unsurprising that the theatrical targeting of banks became a very dangerous fuse for the country’s overall situation, given the fear that this confrontation would escape its judicial framework and cause chaos whose extent and ramifications could not be predicted. The strike will have impact on more than one sector, including the issue of distributing oil derivatives, particularly fuel. Will the gas crisis reoccur? What about the Lebanese citizen? Would he be subjected to a new fuel crisis?
For his part, Maroun Chammas, the head of the Association of Oil Companies, confirmed to Sawt Beirut International that, while the stations have enough gasoline for consumption, the closure of banks on Monday and Tuesday will have a negative impact, especially since the activities of such companies and the schedule for the installation of fuel prices in Lebanon are directly linked to the dollar exchange rate on an exchange platform and the black market. Therefore companies cannot guarantee the dollar exchange rate on the platform and we will head towards more chaos with the banks strike. Chammas stressed that the stations have enough for immediate consumption and not for storage, and there is no crisis in the fuel oil.
Do the “Strong Covenant” plays and Bassil’s tricks deserve for Lebanese citizens to taste the cup of humiliation and waiting in lines once more?