Lebanon protesters defiant despite attack
Beirut, Lebanon - Security forces cleared road blocks across Lebanon on Monday, facing off against protesters who took to the streets from the early morning despite being attacked overnight by Hezbollah and Amal supporters.
Demonstrators demanding a complete government overhaul have stayed mobilised since protests began on October 17, but a bitterly divided political class has yet to find a way out of the crisis.
Frustrated by the stalemate, protesters had called for road blocks and a general strike on Monday, but an attack by Hezbollah and Amal supporters on Sunday night weakened the turnout.
Political parties ‘are trying to instill fear in us as a people, so we don’t progress and stay at home’, said Dany Ayyash (21) who was blocking a key road in Beirut’s Hamra district early Monday.
“This is what happened today. There was supposed to be a general strike and yet the people are still at home sleeping.”
At around midnight on Sunday, Hezbollah and Amal supporters attacked protesters at a flyover near the capital's main protest camp.
But the demonstrators said they would not cave in. “The attack gave us all - at least the ones here right now - a sense of determination,” Ayyash said.