Lebanon protests: ‘I feel proud to be Lebanese’ – BBC News


All of the Lebanese people have come down
to their streets
in all of their cities across the country.
Conservative, liberal, young, old,
everyone’s here
and they’re all chanting in unison
against their leaders.
And they’re enjoying it.
Revolution.
Against sectarianism.
Revolution.
Against favouritism.
Revolution.
Against corruption.
Revolution.
We will not go home.
We will not go home.
I’ve been walking down this street
from the BBC office…
past the main church, down to Martyrs’ Square where there’s the Blue Mosque,
and talking to everyone about this unison and how it feels for them.
For the first time in years,
I feel proud to be Lebanese.
Seeing all of these people out here,
I’ve never felt such unity.
There are some people who don’t want these protests to happen.
But we’re just going to stay out here for as long as we can.
I think the people of Lebanon are fed up from all the politicians
and all the lying, and all the stealing, and everything.
So I think, that’s what makes us united today.
And I hope that it’s going to last.
You can’t differentiate between a Shia Muslim or a Sunni Muslim or a Christian or a Durzi.
We are all here Lebanese people.
And this is what makes us stronger
in this revolution.
If it weren’t like this, we would’ve fallen apart.
But because our demands are the same, we are all hungry and want our rights,
this unites us.
Our minimal rights such as health treatment, education, that they listen to us
our rights are not being listened to.
If we all remain hand in hand and we continue to take to the streets,
demonstrate and ask for our rights
we will then remain a unified community and a successful one.
Whatever the outcome is, whatever happens tonight and in the next few days
this is always going to be remembered.
The chants that people are saying, people are going to remember them.
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