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Friday , January 24 2020

Beirut to Baghdad … gangsters dominate

Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

FROM the rejection of hike in prices of bread in Sudan to the public protest in Algeria over the fifth term agenda of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and uprising against the deteriorating economic situation and living standards in Iraq to the protest in Lebanon against the tax regime on WhatsApp. These are real revolutions emanating from certain angles that indicate excessive affront on citizens and further looting; thus the scale of anger became inundated with the momentum witnessed for months in those countries.

If the revolution in Sudan consumed and brought down the “Brotherhood” government and the situation is similar in Algeria, which has begun working on its future through elections, then there is no doubt that it hones the ability of those revolutionists in Iraq and Lebanon to remain in streets, and they will not return to their various homes until their demands are met.

Experience has proven that no power in the world can overcome the determination of the people, especially in places where governments exist in the form of looting gangsters as observed in countries where the authorities control the people through deprivation, debts and crises. The activities of such governments are full of intrepidity in some cases – as witnessed in Sudanese and Iraqi cities, and obstinacy in other cases – as in the situation of Algerian cities and the state of affairs in Lebanese cities. They were oblivious of the fact that the flood cannot be stopped by merely holding up hungry, repressed and marginalized people with anesthesia or analgesic.

The protests have been and remain fruitful until date. For the first time in the history of Lebanon, somebody went out over 37 years ago precisely from the Cabinet controlled by Hezbollah, speaking out to denounce the interference of Iran in Lebanese affairs in the manner by which the Deputy Revolutionary Guard Chief Murtaza Qurbani spoke, and shamelessly violated its sovereignty.

In Iraq, the agitation for better living standards has transformed to ‘bringing an end to’ Iranian control and expelling the arrows of “Failaq Al-Quds” (Al-Quds Corps) therein. The placards lifted by protesters and burning of the consulates in the southern cities are clear proof that the fake slogans of Tehran’s regime, claiming to be defending the weak and oppressed Shiites in the province, have collapsed.

Although the demonstrations may look like a spontaneous action, it’s a clear indication that the people are well informed and organized. They remained peaceful until militants working for Iran started killing the protesters, and mercenaries from the “Hezb Amal” and Hezbollah double crossed the protesters in Beirut. The latest of such action was witnessed a couple of days ago within the premises of the Parliament Speaker when the hooligan parliamentary security attacked and beat protesters, causing damage to their vehicles.

One demand common to those demonstrations is to restructure the political life, combat corruption or remove the political class that looted and starved the people. It is clear that the ruling cabals in Algeria, Baghdad and Beirut have been demobilized, and they are unable to repress the revolutions even with the style of the Revolutionary Guard.

Therefore, they should detect hidden meaning in the recent demonstration in Iran that incited the people’s anger against the Mullah regime and forced it into deafening silence after killing 1,000 and arresting 20,000. What will happen to the condition of proxies in Iraq and Lebanon if the situation is this weak?

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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