The total devastation of Beirut’s port area after the blast in 2020 (Pic: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images)


The days surrounding the one-year anniversary of Beirut’s port blast saw examples of unity against the ruling class alongside the danger of sectarian divisions.

A Hizbollah leader’s funeral was fired on by Sunni militia, just south of Beirut, last week. This turned into a massive street fight and a fracture line appeared between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

But on the anniversary, a mass demonstration around the port showed that popular anger is still there. When people read out the names of the victims, there were chants of “thawra, thwara” (revolution, revolution).

At the end of the demonstration, right wing Christian forces attacked sections of it. Amal, the right wing Shia militia, also attempted to attack it, but was intercepted by the Lebanese army. At the same time there are a huge number of strikes, which are…

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