It is not a good sign when the Lebanese security forces – which are supposed to protect the Lebanese people – decide to side with the criminals against the victims. It is also not a good sign when the international community ignores the violations committed by these security institutions against unarmed protestors.
Lebanese soldiers gather inside a damaged building as they prepare to attack the anti-government protesters, who are trying to reach the Parliament building, during a protest against the political elites and the government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP)
Volunteers hold up placards against Lebanese politicians, as they protest during the visit of U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale to the main gathering point for NGO volunteers, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Hale says the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be joining Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe into the Beirut port blast that killed and wounded thousands. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, Pool)