The Beirut explosion lasted an instant, but it has left a lasting wound in Lebanon and laid bare the illegitimacy of the regime.
No legitimacy will be restored by mock investigations, ballot boxes, or rescue governments. Legitimacy belongs to those who are fighting for social justice. And the justice we believe in leaves no one behind. The justice we believe in will never be served at the expense of the most dispossessed.
Leftist Intersectional Front, Lebanon for Progressive International
On August 4, 2020, at 6pm, in warehouse number 12 at the port of Beirut, we were all born, or rather, we all died and some of us came back to life among corpses made of broken glass, concrete fragments, and ammonium nitrate deposits.
We were left with nothing but trying to measure the magnitude of the disaster that struck our city. This did not happen as a result of a natural disaster; nor did it result from an accident or a welding error; nor did it simply result from the widespread state of corruption entrenched by the neoliberal regime that has governed our country for more than 30 years.
This explosion is a crime committed against the people. There are those who ignored it, those who perpetrated it, those who benefited and will continue to benefit from it, and even those who are justifying it.
It reflects the core of the system that governs our lives: a neoliberal sectarian regime where thirst for capital accumulation and power comes at the expense of our lives and livelihoods.
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