Militants attacked soldiers with stones and molotov cocktails near Tripoli, Lebanon, leaving 14 soldiers injured on Thursday. Anarchists are active in the protests throughout the country against the state and its austerity measures.
Protesters closed a major road in northern Lebanon, triggering clashes with Lebanese troops that left more than a dozen soldiers injured.
The incident occurred late Thursday night when protesters closed the Biddawi road near the northern city of Tripoli. They were protesting electricity cuts that can last for hours each day. Lebanese troops arrested some of the protesters who had blocked the road.
Later in the evening, more militants came to the protest site to demand the detainees’ release. They then attacked troops with Molotov cocktails and hurled stones, injuring 14 soldiers; eight protesters were arrested in those clashes.
Lebanon has seen increased electricity cuts as the corrupt government has imposed austerity measures since an economic crisis began last September.
Protesters took to the streets in October in resistance to austerity. But the nationwide demonstrations quickly grew into calls for a revolution to overthrow the rule of the political elite that has run the country since the 1975-90 civil war ended.
The protesters blame the politicians for widespread corruption and mismanagement, the main reasons for the country’s financial crisis.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri was forced to resign in late October, meeting a key demand of the protesters. That has left the country without a government ever since, as politicians bicker over the shape of the new Cabinet.
Local banks have imposed unprecedented capital controls, putting limits on withdrawals and preventing transfers outside the country.
In Beirut, at least one person was injured Friday during protests calling for the resignation of Beirut’s mayor and governor over alleged corruption within the municipality. The protesters were attacked by reactionaries who support the two local officials.
Statement by Anarchist Kafeh Movement on the Protests in Lebanon
Everyone has become aware of the revolutionary events taking place in Lebanon. This movement has gone global, and the international media is reporting on it and lauding it for its uniqueness and success.
The KAFEH movement is proud of its participation in the events of this revolution, and of being at the center of the movements. Wheter in calls and invites, sit-in, setting tents, confrontations, statements, or permanent presence and full readiness, KAFEH has been at the forefront.
These protests represent KAFEH ideologically in every way:
First and foremost, this revolution is without a leader or hierarchy to control it, and automatically rejects whoever tries to lay claim on it and speak and take decisions on its behalf. This represents the philosophy of the anarchist and non-authoritarian KAFEH movement; enforcing direct decision by the people.
It has become clear as well that the rebels are standing in the opposition to the whole system and all who represent it and defends its legitimacy. The rebels insist on not stopping until all the symbols of the current regime have been torn down. This attitude is one of the most essential pillars of anarchism.
Furthermore, the people are showing a clear rejection of sectarianism, racism and bureaucracy as well as support for the idea of absolute freedom and abolition of all chains that bind us. And these ways of thought represent Kafeh’s anarchist ideology.
Therefore, KAFEH announces its continuous support to this revolution until the achievement of full victory. We will not tire or stop until the entire regime has fallen. And we will use all available methods to achieve the people’s goals.
Finally, KAFEH salutes all the activists in the streets and squares, and puts itself completely at the disposal of the people in all activities and urges to not back down or surrender, but to proceed forward until victory is achieved.