Beirut in Flames: 'Vendors, Not Corrupt Politicians, Are Held Accountable in Lebanon'

Published June 10th, 2021 - 07:28 GMT
Cornich of Beirut
Local vendor was filmed as he sat his cart on fire by the seaside. (Photo credit: ZeinakhodrAljaz)

While more and more Lebanese people are reporting increased suffering due to the acute economic crisis their country is going through, a local vendor, was approached by officers demanding the removal of his cart from the street, set it on fire in protest.

The incident which took place near the Beirut corniche was filmed on camera, as passers stopped to watch as the vendor expressed his frustration at authorities' decision to deem his business "illegal" for it lacks the needed permission.

Online people expressed sympathy with the vendor, condemning the government's attempts to stop individuals working low-paying jobs and making their lives harder at a time more than half of the population lives in poverty.

Many voices have also highlighted the irony in the fact that local authorities in Lebanon put every effort to hold the country's impoverished population accountable over routine procedures while it turns a blind eye to numerous crimes and violations committed by people in power, including corruption that has led to the deepest economic calamity and the Beirut blast that destroyed major parts of the capital city last August, killing over 200 people.

Since October 2019, Lebanon has been living through a historic financial crisis, one that has resulted in the devaluation of the local currency by more than 80%. This has resulted in a dire need for fuel, medicine, and many other basic products.


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