Lebanon’s political crisis deepened after Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday (10 August 2020) on national television that the whole cabinet had resigned, despite President Michel Aoun asking them to stay on as caretakers until a new government is formed.
Uncertainty has reached a peak in the country as the anti government protests and sentiment have resulted in a political vacuum that must be filled by the working class if the economic and political crisis is to be overcome in any meaningful and lasting way.
In his outgoing speech, the resigned Prime Minister said, “a very thick and thorny wall separates us from change; a wall fortified by a class that is resorting to all dirty methods in order to resist and preserve its gains“. An inadvertent description of capitalism? Perhaps. However, it is unclear to observers what is in store for Lebanon’s future with protests raging on and multiple political factions vying to take the initiative in what is shaping up to be a decisive power struggle.
It is now parliament’s job to appoint a new Prime Minister, however this process is likely to be drawn out and arduous due to the high levels of sectarianism within parliament and much of Lebanese politics, which some argue is the root of the current crisis.
The Lebanese Communist Party has issued a statement declaring that “The Lebanese Communist Party greets hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in general, and the communists and the forces of change in particular, who went to the Martyrs Square on Saturday 8 August to participate in the demonstration of accountability and raging popular anger under the slogan of overthrowing the deadly sectarian political system”
“The Lebanese Communist Party considers that the forces of the national uprising are called upon today to gather their energies and efforts at this delicate stage in order to establish unified political frameworks and to expedite the presentation of their alternative program aimed at forming an alternative authority that takes upon itself the task of defending the rights of the Lebanese people through building a capable and just national state”.
Donate Now – Aid Work Appeal for the Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth
Lebanon is in dire need of your help after the tragic events on Tuesday 4 August that devastated Beirut.
The explosion left at least 158 dead, 6,000 injured and 300,000 people homeless according to the BBC.
Meanwhile, Lebanon has been experiencing a severe economic crisis, with over 50,000 people protesting against the Government on Saturday 8 August.
We are asking for donations to fund relief, rescue and rebuilding work as well as support for affected and impoverished people by the Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (ULDY), our sister progressive youth organisation and member of the World Federation of Democratic Youth in Lebanon.
DONATE here today!
Our comrades in the ULDY have been on the front line of the disaster:
• Carrying out search and rescue activities,
• Clearing and repairing roads and other infrastructure,
• Restoring people’s homes,
• Transporting injured people,
• Donating blood,
• And giving affected and other impoverished people, affected by the worsening economic situation, food and a roof over their heads.
But they cannot do this alone and without funding, so we are asking you to make a donation to support this essential aid work by the Lebanese youth.
What will your donation mean to the ULDY and the people of Beirut?
Your donation will go towards food, medicine, equipment such as shovels and workwear, and other essential items whose costs are skyrocketing due to the economic decline and black market speculation.
For example, approximately £25 will feed a poor family for 2 weeks.
Adnan Al Mokdad, president of the ULDY and vice president of WFDY:
“After the blast, we sent our comrades in 4 ambulance teams, and 6 other teams who looked for and rescued people, cleared the roads, transported the injured and communicated the whereabouts of people to the Red Cross.
“More than 600 of our members from all over Lebanon have come to the affected area in Beirut to help people. We are organising blood drives and accommodation for people who have lost their homes, as well as others who are suffering from the economic decline, including 25 Sudanese workers who lost their jobs and homes.
“We are political, of course. The Government has not sent anyone to the site of the blast, or done anything to stop the black market speculation. We believe that Lebanon needs to change its imperialist system, otherwise the nation will collapse.
“90% of our people are poor. At the port, 50% of all buildings were destroyed. Our message is we need to help the poor people of Lebanon now!”
We are closing our appeal and withdrawing the total raised at 2pm on Sunday 16 August. The total will then be transferred to the ULDY via Western Union.
We will provide updates about how our donations are used as well as information about the relief work by the ULDY and WFDY and the situation in Beirut.
Please donate and share our appeal TODAY so that we can reach our target of £1,000 for our comrades’ essential relief work by this Sunday!
Chair and International Officer
Young Communist League of Britain
Member of the International Commission
Young Communist League of Britain
PS. Please share with your friends and comrades, and remember to donate BEFORE Sunday 16 August!
Click here to download our A4 poster for fundraising in your local area.
The Young Communist League of Britain (YCL) is the youth wing of the Communist Party of Britain and member organisation of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY).
The Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (ULDY) is a progressive, secular, anti-imperialist youth organisation and member organisation and holder of the regional vice presidency of WFDY. Find out more on their Facebook page.
WFDY organises the World Festival of Youth and Students every four years and has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and a relationship with UNESCO. It was established in 1945. Find out more on their Facebook page and www.ycl.org.uk/international.