NB: Rift between a rigid government and 21st century rebels

The Lebanese National Bloc Party pointed out that the summoning of former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora before the judiciary, and a lawsuit filed by the Free Patriotic Movement against the demonstrators on the pretext of moral and material damages caused by road closures, coincided with the demonstrations of students yesterday in public sector locations.

In a statement, the party explained its approach to these events from the perspective of the demonstrations in Lebanon:

First, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s summons is no different that the summons of former Prime Minister Najib Mikati two weeks ago.  We are not in the position to assess the guilt of innocence of any person; that is the job of an honest judiciary system. However we must mention that targeting two men of this statute and from a certain sect could be an attempt to go back in time to rekindle the fires of sectarianism conflicts between Sunnis and Shias.

Secondly, the Free Patriotic Movement’s lawsuit against the demonstrators under the pretext of moral and physical damage: we would like to remind everyone that these demonstrations and this revolutionary movement is one of the most civilized and one of the most careful to protect public and private properties and freedoms in comparison to other revolts currently happening in the world. We can compare it to the “yellow vests” movement in France, one of the most developed countries in the world, where the amount of destruction to public and private properties was considerable.

Thirdly: the behavior, maturity, demands, and slogans of the student movements yesterday was a surprising phenomenon.

The National Bloc asserted that the 21st century youth have overcome sectarian and regional conflicts, and they have refused violence as well as humiliation from a government that is stuck in the past century.  The demands of the demonstrators are to save the country through the formation of an independent government of able specialists who will serve the public and who will stay away from policies of exclusion.  Lebanon is united and will remain united.

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