Press Release published on July 12, 2020
The repercussions of bankruptcy are evident, day after day, and their indisputable gravity is represented by the slide in the dollar’s price and its nearly five-fold rise since October 2019. This is reflected in the prices of goods and products and the purchasing power of the citizens, the closure of additional institutions, the rise of unemployment, and the degradation of public services and their quality as well, such as electricity and communications, in addition to the deterioration of basic sectors, especially health and education.
Facing this pivotal phase in the history of Lebanon, one that threatens the survival of society, the regime of the coalition of sectarian leaders continues to deny reality and waste time, despite its proven inability to manage bankruptcy and take decisions that protect the society from ensuing repercussions. As such, the only clear decision of this coalition is indecision, evading thus its responsibility for the crisis by betting on time and manipulating people’s anxiety and desperation for its survival.
This reality makes it that the only possible alternative to protect the society during this transitional period is a government with exceptional legislative powers, run by those who have the knowledge, courage and freedom of decision to manage the bankruptcy and establish the legitimacy of the civil state.
Hence, confrontation becomes the only option to protect the society and not to forfeit its capabilities, up to impose the alternative. That is why “Citizens’ in a State” movement organized a march on Saturday, 11th of July 2020, in cooperation with other political parties and groups. It set off at 6 pm from the Governmental Serail, passing through the Association of Banks and the Ministry of Finance, to reach the Central Bank of Lebanon. The purpose of this march was to assert the existence of an alternative to the sectarian quota regime, and that the work is underway for its confirmation and imposition.
Participating parties and groups: State Building Coalition, Democratic Youth Union, Beirut Madinati, Secular Democratic Congress in Lebanon, Youth Movement for Change, Communist Party, Youth of October 17, People Want System Reform, National Bloc Party, Li-Haqqi, Awareness Initiative, Bank Youth Group, Observatory to Combat Corruption, Citizens in a State Movement.