Masked men dressed in orange jumpsuits at the wheel of trucks loaded disinfecting liquid criss-cross the different regions. To the rear of the trailer, a slogan : “All against the corona “. A convoy almost commonplace in these times of pandemic, if it is not that the load is struck by the distinctive orange of the free patriotic Current (CPL), the party founded by president Michel Aoun. Elsewhere, the convoy in charge to disinfect the streets and is surmounted by a white flag struck a cedar encircled with red, the emblem of the lebanese Forces (LF, led by Samir Geagea), and the other christian party.
The marketing of the Covid-19
Cartons whole bottles of hydroalcoholic gel, are also delivered, always accompanied these logos so recognizable. Ditto for the food parcels or meals distributed to the poor who, containment forces, be deprived of the scarce resources that gave them their jobs daily. Further south, the volunteers are this time of shields surmounted by a border of yellow and stamped with the characteristic symbol of Hezbollah, to distribute solutions, hydro-alcoholic, masks or food aid.
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Conspués for their incompetence and corruption which gangrene the country by the movement of popular protests that started on October 17, 2019, political parties, faith-based lebanese were found during the pandemic an opportunity to restore their image. While the government of Hassan Diab was trying to prepare as best public hospitals to receive the sick, they put themselves at the service of a population impoverished by the successive crises, with a great deal of communication.
The battalions of volunteers from Hezbollah
The Hezbollah, known for its organization millimétrée, has launched the first in the battle, mobilising 25 000 volunteers and did not hesitate to rent private hospitals. “Hezbollah is ready for all that may have a claim against the ministry of health or the government “said as early as mid-march, its chief, Hassan Nasrallah, is posing as a partner of the State.
According to Rindala Jabbour, the coordinator of the media committee of the CPL, the party of president Michel Aoun, a thousand volunteers went to each region to educate the population, provide protective masks and hand sanitizer. “We have also set up a mobile clinic for testing. We went everywhere, including places where we don’t have many followers “, ensures the young woman. Food aid is distributed to more than 200 000 people, of the operations financed by the money of the lebanese diaspora to the tune of 440 000 €.
Number of Lebanese have rallied “marketing operations “ reviving the patronage. “The State can not cope alone with the virus, it is normal that the political parties are participating in this effort alongside their communities “, justifies Rindala Jabbour, refuting any covered election. “The FL have never been put under the spotlight for their actions of charity, it is a natural response to the feeling of solidarity, humanity, and patriotism “ensures a responsible for that “all actions commenced by any party, are deemed to be under the governance of the lebanese State “.
The former minister and mp Abdullah Farhat is not fooled : in his eyes, these are not the only altruism and “aim of political gains in the elections “ : “Unfortunately, the Lebanese define themselves more by their religious affiliation, national and patriotic. At this time, everyone is finally going to help his family. “
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The clashes – particularly between sunnis and shiites – who broke out in several parts of Beirut Saturday, June 6, in the margin of the resumption of the protest movement, are another illustration. In this time of multidimensional crisis, exacerbate tensions denominational risk of plunging Lebanon in the throes of the civil war. All parties are aware of it. The alert has been hot.
A political crisis, health and economic
October 17, 2019 : the beginning of the popular uprising against poor management and corruption.
19 December 2019 : Hassan Diab, a university is presenting themselves as independent of the major parties, was appointed prime minister.
March 7, 2020 : Lebanon announces that it will not reimburse a billion euros of its debt which matures (about $ 81 billion in total).
Mid-march 2020 : the country is taking a series of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
March 29, 2020 : While the national currency continues its drop against the dollar, the “hunger riots” took place in Beirut and Tripoli.
At the end of April 2020 : the country began to make a plan déconfinement progressive, before being forced to reconfiner again its population on may 12, as a result of new cases.