Today was a great and historic day in Lebanon. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the first time in Lebanon and the Arab world that a government resigns amid strong popular opposition.
This long day started on Sunday night where demonstration gathered in Martyr Squares and spent the night in special tents provided by the opposition. They did so fearing road blocks which will prevent them from attending next dayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s demonstration, because the government announced a ban on demonstrations executed on Monday.
On Monday, thousands of protestors from all Lebanon headed to Beirut. They were blocked by the Army and police who eventually ceased to the huge number of protestors. Tens of thousands eventually attended the demonstration.
In the meantime and as a result of HaririÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assassination, the government was facing a questioning hearing from the members of parliament in the house of parliament, while giant screens in MartyrÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Square transmitted the hearing live to the crowd. The government was subjected to harsh criticism all noon. Then the hearing took a three and half hour break at 3PM local.
At 6:30PM local, the Prime Minister made a speech and surprisingly announced his resignation. Although most analysts said the government would have received a confidence vote because Syria controls more than 50% of the parliament votes. But this government would have received a no-confidence vote from the people. At the moment of the announcement, the crowds in MartyrÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Square just exploded in joy, shouting and celebration. It felt like we were watching a final world cup football game, and our team had just scored the winning goal.
After that, thousands of people descended to the streets carrying the Lebanese flag. They went into huge parades in their car. You could see lines of thousands of car with their signalers and horns on. People literary standing and sitting on the moving carsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ roofs just celebrating. It was amazing.
The aftermath: A new government must be formed soon. According to the opposition this new government, that could include them, must be neutral in order to organize free elections in the spring. These elections will form a new government that must negotiate a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
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What happened today in Lebanon was compared to what happened a few months ago in Ukraine, where protests forced the pro-Russian government to resign.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so ironic. When I first started this topic two weeks ago exactly, I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expecting that developments will unravel that quickly. Sometimes one event could spark many more in the near future.