Lebanese citizens have been on the streets since 17 October to reject widespread corruption and deteriorating socio-economic conditions, thereby renouncing blind obedience and signalling an end to the discourse of fear propagated by the ruling elites. The population, deceived by its politicians, is asking for new and qualified leaders. Politicians’ speeches have clearly shown their disconnection from people’s concerns. The Lebanese economy is in crisis, as it has been for several years, and people now cannot afford their basic needs. The persistence of the protesters seems to have surprised the government, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on 29 October. The PM’s resignation, however, has not satisfied citizens’ demands.
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