As soon as US State Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale landed in Beirut on Thursday a week after the deadly port explosion, the Lebanese parliament approved a state of emergency, giving the military curfew power and authorizing it to ban public gatherings. The timing of this declaration, along with a series of other moves, signals the current political elite is unwilling to assume responsibility or accept the street’s demands for a fundamental change in the system.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea visit the site of a massive explosion at Beirut's port. (Reuters)
A woman stands inside a damaged restaurant a day after an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP)
Demonstrators take part in protests near the site of the blast at the Beirut's port area, Lebanon Aug. 11, 2020. (Reuters)