On Day 2, the revolution, referred to by some as the tax intifada, slowly unwound into a beautiful love story. A love story between Sunni, Chia, Christian, Druze. A love story that incorporated both women and men, children and the elderly. A love story between country and citizen.
No political parties. No religion. One nation with one mission: Creating a responsible government elected by the people and for the people for a sustainable future. Citizens ask for honesty, reliability, and growth as they scream “Kelloun Yaane Kelloun,” a slogan that resonates in unison throughout Lebanon. The people believe that the current government, with its mafias and dynasties, needs to go in its entirety—without exception.
The public sector went on strike. Roads were blocked. Thousands of protestors took to the streets from Beirut to Saida, Tyre, Nabatiyeh, Jbeil, Tripoli, and Baalbeck.
A cabinet meeting that was supposed to take place that day was cancelled by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, asking instead for 72 hours to come up with answers. The people's pressure was getting to them.