October 17th Revolution – Lebanon Is Rising – 1/2

I remember that on December 2018 I decided to go back to blogging after I started the blog in 2012 and neglected it for years and in few months I have created a big and great community and also good friends that are in touch outside WordPress. πŸ’•πŸ’•
Maybe there’s something about December, or there’s time for writing, time that I’m finding it hard to find since I left WordPress, so I decided to write now and share with you some of our struggle and crisis we are facing since October 17th 2019, the date of the revolution startup in Lebanon.

The hashtag we are using for the revolution: Lebanon is rising “Loubnan Yantafed” in Arabic

No the revolution haven’t caused the crisis, the revolution has started because we’ve been living in a deep shit for years, in debt, not having our basic rights from people that are stealing us continuously but we didn’t stand all united and said a big “No” until October 17th and after that date they couldn’t hide the big crisis and collapsing anymore!

First I hope you are all good and well and you are having better days than the ones we have here πŸ™‚ and I hope the new year that will start in few days will bring you all the joy and peace and prosperity and lot of love and happiness β€πŸ’•πŸ˜Š I thank all the great people that stayed in touch through mail and social media ❀

Maybe our country is invisible to many of you, a small country that everybody has a seat on its table and a word to say and impose and eventually we are a very small part of a very big game in this world!

Probably you are right, but there is a lot more than this nasty game and stupid fate we are born to, there are very smart, well educated and courageous citizens that really fed up from the entire situation and decided to revolt.

Lebanese revolting all over Lebanon ❀

Why not before?

So simple, because many lost hope and left the country, many tried and the authorities have managed to label them with many accusations such as treason which is the best accusation to destroy each and every effort to build a real country! Of course as citizens we made a lot of mistakes by trusting certain people and electing them for many years.
And on May 2018, during the last parliamentary elections, more than 50% of people abstained from electing because they are too hopeless that they might change the system and we blamed them a lot!
But what is more frustrating? Not electing because you know the results in advance or electing and hoping that you might change but being disappointed big time because you couldn’t change a thing?
I personally elected new people from the civil society and they couldn’t have even one voice! The elections law was made by them and for them to win! The same parties, same system, same corruption, the quotas and the sectarianism! It was deadly for me and I stopped believing in any hope until October 17th

What happened on October 17th?

The week before October 17th, the country has all burned, we woke up on many fires burning randomly all over Lebanon and they hardly could extinguish it before it burned buildings and trees and lands and some people died fighting the fire. It rained and it was really a miracle to help the fire fighters save what is left!
It turned out someone planned for this and of course we couldn’t prove, but they caught few individuals trying to light fire red-handed but we couldn’t catch the mastermind of course, we just heard conflicted news. And at the same time we were struggling with fuel crisis, each now and then we stand in lines to have the fuel for our cars, and then they threaten to stop delivering bread so we stood in lines to buy bread for days, the prices are increasing instantly, no censorship at all, I didn’t mention yet our usual problems, that we have no electricity, the water is polluted, we have the highest cancer percentage in the world probably, no age security, people die on hospitals doors because they are poor, unemployment percentage is increasing and the situation is awful! Each time it rains we float and roads are blocked from water, etc…
Nothing is functioning properly in the country and we have of course 90 billion US dollars of debt! And for years all what the political parties were doing is stealing and making the situation worse!

This Lebanese reporter couldn’t stay neutral while covering the fires!
This is after rain falls in Lebanon! Happened this month

On October 17th, the government decided to impose new taxes, one of them was a tax on Whatsapp! Yes, our government wanted us to pay 6$ per month for a service that is free worldwide. That night people just went down to streets spontaneously, they burned tires and blocked roads and we thought it will end next day as usually. But it didn’t stop and the few protestations have become a “revolution” because people were extremely full, angry, down and frustrated! The numbers kept increasing day after day and people kept flooding and expressing their frustration, their crave for the basic rights they don’t have! They need electricity, water, work, education, security, age security, they need to be able to live a decent life for the high taxes they pay for a greedy government, a corrupted system that stole the country and sucked its blood until the very last drop!
Let’s say the Whatsapp tax was “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.

This man just fell apart! Having no money, no job, frustrated after the riot officers were trying to remove him from road with other revolutionists
we revolted in style!

Our beloved and hypocrite leaders have started the denial policy with the revolution, the party that has the majority in parliament and basically it was the party most attacked by the revolutionists, has expressed that this revolution is not against them and they support us and all our demands! Of course the people were so angry and the other parties did the same until they reach a point of frustration because the roads are blocked and people are struggling to move and reach their destinations and many people are still with the political parties, so they used this point to create conflicts and problems between the people with and against revolution and the Lebanese army tried many times to open the roads by force but suddenly some orders arrive to not hurt the protesters. There were always conflicted orders between the Lebanese army leader that didn’t want to hurt the people and the Minister of defense and the secret agents that belong to the majority in the parliament that consider the protesters belong to their opponent party and therefore they need to remove them from streets.

When the orders arrive to open roads by force, a Lebanese soldier was crying ❀

Also the former prime minister Hariri, that have many issues with the parliament majority party, wanted to protect the revolutionists and the Ministry of Interior follows his orders and this is what helped the protesters many times.

One of the revolution aspects, people helped people and many many people received all kind of help from each other’s!

What happened from October 17th until today? Stay tuned for part 2.

The Arabic word on hand is “Thawra” means revolution

Thank you for reading, your thoughts and comments are always welcome πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

Huguette Antoun – December 29th 2019

58 thoughts on “October 17th Revolution – Lebanon Is Rising – 1/2

  1. Welcome back Hug! πŸ€—
    Been following some of your fights in Instagram and I salute you for fighting for your rights. It takes a lot of courage to keep going especially when it feels like you’re banging your head in the wall.

    It might be invisible to many people, but you guys are making it visible through hard efforts. I’m not political savvy but I’m the last person who will protect the government who break rules like the criminals. I suffered through it and I know how terrible things get to be on the receiving end.

    More power to you guys!

    1. Thank you Jess for stopping by and happy to be back even if it will be for short time. Yes we’re actually banging our heads to the wall you will know more in part 2 because we have some stubborn and corrupted rulersπŸ˜•this government and system is beyond saving and so hard to remove! I hope we will accomplish something at the end otherwise I will personally leave for good, this is our last chance
      Appreciate your time and encouragement dear Jess πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

      1. I hope you guys accomplish something. But if there’s nothing, and you left, at least you’ll without regret because you did something, you fought to exhaustion for what you stand for.

  2. Nice to see you back Huguette, wish it was better circumstances though. I’m with you, political leaders all too often try to make people slaves and that’s not what they should be doing. They should be working to make a country that is great for the people, giving them the rights they should be having. All these things you mentioned are things that we just normally take for granted in our country, we enjoy those basics and an opportunity to have a decent life. You deserve that there as well.
    I hope you stay safe Huguette, I think about you often over there, it’s nice to know what’s going on. Wish I could keep in touch better. I hope the New Year brings great change in your country and for your people!

    1. Thank you Steve for stopping by and nice to see you here πŸ™‚ I sent you an email but didn’t get a reply so I thought you might ne busy
      Hope it’s not so cold over there β›ˆβ›ˆ
      Well you are right what to say and so when rulers are full of corruption and they destroyed their countries over and over… it’s awful and hopefully it will get better after the revolution or at least one day
      Thank you for the kind thoughts and wishes πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜Š I also hope that 2020 will bring you all the joy and whatever you wish for πŸ™πŸ» hope Muffin is good as well and everything around you is good

      1. Hi Huguette! I lost all my contacts for email so wasn’t able to reply, so sorry. If you still have my email and have time just send me a quick note so I can get your email again, would love to stay in touch.
        I am still recovering from my accident, 12 weeks now. I am walking now but not very good yet. Likely be another couple months before I’m back to normal again. It is definitely not easy sitting so much! Certainly had to make a lot of changes to my winter plans. But, my own fault I guess.
        Take care Huguette, I hope all the best for you and your country! Muffin is doing well and spends most of her day curled up on my lap. She knows I’m having problems.πŸ˜πŸ˜Έβ›„πŸŒ²

      2. Hello Steve and sorry to hear about your accident! I hope you are better now and taking good care hopefully soon you will manage to walk again πŸ™πŸ»
        Sure will drop you an email and no worries I couldn’t guess you are not well and also lost your contacts
        Take good care as well and I’m sure Muffin will be a good girl and take care of you 😺😸😊

      3. Thanks Huguette. Yes, it’s amazing how much Muffin has changed since I got hurt, she has gotten a lot more affectionate now.
        Learning how to walk all over again, but getting there anyway. My medical assessment today was good though, so more exercising from now on to help strengthen all my leg muscles.
        I’m determined to get back walking again, I just have to be careful not to push it too much.
        I really do hope you will have a good day even with all that’s going on!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ›„

      4. Yes of course Muffin can feel that you are not well and injured and acts accordingly 😊
        I wish you will recover very soon and you will be stronger than before so you can take walks and have pictures and adventures 😊
        We are managing and currently I’m on Christmas vacation and it’s very cold and raining all the time so hopefully your weather is a bit better 😺 almost midnight here I hope you will have a great day ahead 😊 😺

      5. Cold but not much snow here this year. We had some days down at -40C before Christmas, but now it’s more in the -10 to -20 range. Colder weather on the way again though.
        I hope you’re able to enjoy some of your vacation time. Muffin and I didn’t do much for Christmas, just a nice quiet day.πŸ˜πŸ˜Έβ›„πŸŒ²

      6. Oh here I’m complaining about 10 c 😁 with the degrees you mentioned I’ll be frozen 😸
        As long as family is here even if not complete, we must be grateful even with current circumstances, we must embrace our beloved ones and our time as much as we can
        I hope 2020 will be a better year on you and brings you all the best, joy and good health and peace of mind 😺😊

      7. Just read part 2, absolutely amazing. We hardly get any news here of what is going on in Lebanon. And what we get, sides with the government, not the real truth. At one time the news reporters actually reported the facts, but not anymore. So sad.
        I pray you will get the country you desire and quickly. That 2020 will be that year you can start fresh to build your country again.
        Take care Huguette!😁😸

      8. Thank you Steve for taking time to read! Actually the world never gets the real events from countries like ours, they focused on the negative unless they have some interests…I hope with you because this is our last chance and after that, I guess we’ll all be hopeless
        Take care too and get well very soon πŸ˜ΈπŸ™

  3. Welcome back my dear friend but the post doesn’t sound so good. I shall keep you and Lebanon in my prayers. Inshaallah 2020 would bring more peace, joy and freedom.
    Lots of love and a big hug to Huguette πŸ€—

    1. Thank you dear Ashok 😊 nice to see you here as well and appreciate your thoughts and prayers πŸ™πŸ» we do need them so much
      Hope you are good and everything is well at your end πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

      1. My pleasure Huguette. Do your best and let go. With God’s Grace all is well with me. And am sure all shall end well for you too πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

  4. No one can know the actual situation of the country from outside. I have always seen Lebanon as happy country with good governance and all… but this seems quite different.. May the new year bring peace and joy to your life.😊

    1. Thank you dear Sohanpreet for reading and surely you can’t know! Imagine people are filming everything and they manage to spread lies despite πŸ˜• not easy as it seems and the pictures you saw are right, we are survivors and we always managed to live happily despite all our bad circumstances
      Thank you for the lovely wishes and wish you a great year as well πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

  5. Hi Huguette ✨ Welcome Back βœ¨πŸ€— I’ve read your post, but it took a lot of time to pass on my thoughts. I was too busy with my cousin marriage function. Lebanon revolution is something that reminds us Jallikattu 2017 revolution, a single whatsapp message Turned into a revolution. I’m glad i came to know the fire of Lebanon I’ve tried to share with my people which some reacted and some are not. You people did fought better and still fighting, and hope things will get back to normal Very soon. Flood part, i was not aware Lebanon floods will be this much, looks like seeing my country. I wish this New Year Brings you and your people all the power you wanted and the Change is for the Goodβœ¨πŸ€— Let’s welcome the 2020 with all the positive Vibes and energy βœ¨πŸ€— Wish you advance Happy New Year 2020…

    1. Thank you dear Simon for readings and for your kind interaction 😊 congratulations for your cousin and always appreciate your time πŸ™πŸ» I hope with you that things will get back to normal but it will certainly takes time, you will know that when you read part2
      Lebanon floods because of the bad government and bad authorities and still there are some people that follow them blindly! I wish the new year will be better and great also on you and your family and your country and hope we will manage to keep our positivity and good vibes despite all this darkness πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯³

      1. Stay Positive Huguette ✨ May your positive Vibes are strong like our earth Universe and always give us strength and power to fight against all the darkness βœ¨πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh I am missing your posts and very glad to be here. Strong will can change your country’s bad situations. This happens everywhere. Government hides something from the people. Nobody knows the real efforts in fighting against such criminals. A big salute to you and take care!!! 🌷 πŸ’•

    1. Thank you dear Suni 😊 I miss writing as well and always grateful for your support πŸ™ when corruption leads to a total collapsing, it’s not acceptable at all and it’s really awful so hopefully we will manage to save our country one day πŸ™ Have a great time and appreciate your interaction a lot 😊❀

  7. Political people will ruin this world, step by step and day by day! And the problem is that nothing we can do! As you said, even trying to elect new people that are willing to do something, they simply cannot do it….not because they don’t want but just because they can’t! That’s very sad! And what it makes me even angrier is that these “political people” think only at themselves not at the people, and people unfortunately die…
    The WhatsApp fee it was just the drop that filled the glass! I hope all these deaths and people’s sacrifices were not in vain…

    1. So happy to see you here dear Riby 😊😁 like the old days haha and always appreciate the time you take to read and interact πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ I’m angrier believe me especially with the symptoms we have that it’s not be so good in the upcoming days and months…I hope with you that all this wasn’t in vain, because it will really be deadly for many people including me
      Thank you my dearest πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

      1. Exactly like the old days πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š such a pleasure to be here! πŸ€—πŸ’• let’s hope for the best! You are young dear Koko, can always choose to leave and start over! It will never be easy but there’s always hope!
        Lots of hugs πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎ

      2. sure we must always hope for the best that’s for sure πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š oh yes sure young in heart hahhaa πŸ˜‚

  8. I never thought I will witness something like October 17 in Lebanon. I was over the moon when this happened, and we still got a long, long way, we’re not over yet, and I hope it won’t be over. I wish one day we will become a secular state and rebuild our economic system from the start.
    Sarlna aktar min 30 years living like zombies, ma bfeteker fi balad 3anna yalli 3anayneh aw nzal metlna kel youm, nehna kel youm 3am nenzal w nmout 3al bati2: chi ter2at, chi masaref, chi ta2ifiyeh, chi fe2er w te3tir, chi kahraba,…we don’t even have the basic rights… w hala2 3am bikhawfo nes bi maja3a, maje3eh tekhedon inshallah 3a asses kena 3ayshin
    P.S: iza wa2afoki ma ba3rfek w la bta3rfini πŸ˜€ aslan ana kel 3omreh ma3 Amal (shefteh hata essem fiyo hope bas into sha3eb nakadi)

    1. Me neither! Kent khalas I lost hope and then here comes the revolution! Me too haha i was very happy and hope they won’t throw our efforts in the sea! I wish one day will be a secular state! This is too good to be true with such system, it needs to be changed entirely
      Eh wala ne7na sha3b survivors! Kif kenna 3ayshin w ba3dna bhayk zrouf, w mnedhar w mneshar ….ken ghayrna nta7ar mn zamen!!!
      Eza wa2affouni?? Hahhah lesyh ana ba3rfik aslan? Enti mumken t2uli 3anni bass ana ma ba3ref shi 3annik gheyr ennu be3tini b lahza πŸ˜‚ kelna ma3 wl hope lamma yeji el sa7sou7 πŸ˜‚

      1. Hayda dalil ino ana, w inti w ktar metlna kena fe2din amal bi hal balad, Inshallah ma btow2af not only for us but the future generations.
        Tamsahna:D Lezem ye3mlo studies 3layna, nehna cha3eb mesh tabi3eh sometimes it is in good way
        Iza ana nkamashet ma tensi teb3atili some chocolate bars 3a romyeh (mesh ghandour taba3 250 LBP) aslan ma rah kalfek kteer ma btawel bi romyeh 3a shawfet srasir brouh jalta deghreh

      2. Hahahha Ghandour to encourage the Lebanese products πŸ˜‚ bmare2lik shi mars or snickers ma3un ma3 7bub a3sab mn shawfet el srasir 😁😁
        Ne7na 3anjad a new species of human being! Ma 7ada byet7ammal metlna w bidal hayk 3ayesh trying to enjoy as much we can
        I hope things will get better despite no good signs πŸ™πŸ»

      3. Kamena iza btmar2ileh chi kam books w eshtirak bil netfilx πŸ˜€
        Eh wallah let’s hope for the good even though what happened the last few days ma bi bacher bil kheir, mesta3din ybidona min el wojoud minshan yeb2o 3a hal karasseh

  9. Oh my God ,your photographs are great but one of the videos of the rains is really terrifying. Lebanon is a great historical country. It’s beautiful despite the demolitions of certain parts due to war and strife if I am not mistaken.Thanks a lot madam for sharing it.Take care.πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ™

  10. I haven’t heard from you for a while. I pray that you are ok. We are heading into Winter over here and like a lot of NZ homes the one I am in is not heated adequately.
    Wish I could fly you to New Zealand and keep you safe. Please write back if and when you can. you can use my gmail account under contact on my site if you wish. I will pray for you. ❀

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