Protestors are back on Lebanon’s streets after months of pandemic restrictions kept people at home. The currency’s fallen to a new record low, making everyday essentials unaffordable. Read our previous coverage of Lebanon’s economic crisis here.
Pierre Houssney of Horizons International says it’s going to take more than leadership changes to fix the country’s problems. “[The] Lebanese people have ‘woken up’ to a large degree, and they see what’s going on,” he says.
“In the past, they felt powerless to do anything about it. Now, they’re feeling much more empowered to shake things up.”
While protests give Lebanese citizens a voice they didn’t have before, the movement also comes at a cost. “Unfortunately, the protests are really just driving the country into destitution, in hopes that it will ‘starve out’ this old guard of Hezbollah [and] Iranian-backed government that has been controlling Lebanon for the past two or three decades,” Houssney says.
“A lot of people believe things really have to get worse in Lebanon [before they see] real lasting change,” he adds. “Like many other very small countries, they’ve suffered by being controlled and influenced by bigger countries that are around them.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
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