Rear View – Lebanon in review (1 September 2020)
21 Aug: Central Bank Will Run Out of Cash in 3 months.
The Lebanese Central Bank announced last week that it only had enough cash to finance basic goods subsidies for three more months. This panicked the people with fears of a 4X increase in bread and fuel prices.
21 Aug: Beirut Explosion Judicial Investigator Under Suspicion
All eyes are on Judge Fadi Sawan, who is the ajudicator charged with investigating the horrific Beirut port explosion because of his close political affiliations with the current political class casting doubt over his impartiality.
21 Aug: Two Main Shiite Groups Clash
Supporters of Lebanon’s two largest Shia groups Hezbollah and Amal clashed in the southern town of Loubiyyeh last week resulting in the death of Hussein Khalil an Amal follower.
Hezbollah leaders handed over the two main suspects, Abed El Assaad and Moussa Khalil to the Lebanese Army.
25 Aug: Restaurant Owners Advocates Defy Lockdown Laws
President of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Night-Clubs & Pastries, Tony Ramy, defied the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown laws last week, announcing: “Starting today, we will no longer close down.”
25 Aug: Interior Ministry Claims No Responsibility For Rubber Bullets
Interior Minister Mohamad Fahmy responded to a letter from the head of the Doctors Syndicate, saying that internal security forces DID NOT use rubber bullets, but that Parliamentary police were more likely responsible for the attacks on protestors.
25 Aug: Hariri Restates He is Not Interested in PM Role
Former Prime Minister, Saad Hariri last week publicly declared for all and sundry: “I am not a candidate for Prime Minister of the new cabinet, so I wish everyone would stop circulating my name in this regard.”
26 Aug: Human Rights Watch Report: Lethal Force Used Against Protesters in Lebanon After Explosion
A Human Rights Watch report found that – “…most Lebanese security forces used excessive and at times lethal force against mostly peaceful protesters in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020, causing hundreds of injuries.
28 Aug: Macron Returns to Lebanon This Week to Celebrate 100th anniversary
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected back in Beirut on the 31st of August in readiness for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of “Greater Lebanon”, by the French and British following World War I.
More on this story next week.