Beirut: For Mohammed al-Murtada, Minister of Culture of Lebanon, this is a good summary of the Lebanese people’s attitude towards the state while the country is experiencing one of the worst economic crises in the world and its crimes. .. Increasing: Citizens no longer show respect for the national anthem.
Al Multada, who attended a cultural festival in the city of Sidon in southern Lebanon, was surprised that the national anthem was not played. Angry, he asked to interpret it, but the audience refused to stand.
Former judge Al Multada said in a statement, “I repeated my request to play the national anthem so that the audience could hear my voice and stand up with respect.” “A person who does not play the national anthem and deliberately ignores it contributes to the obligatory neglect of the national anthem, either intentionally or unknowingly. That is what we do not tolerate.”
However, there is no longer any detention of the Lebanese people in their state, and the inability to play the national anthem is evidence. The nation loses its position.
Theft of public property is on the rise, despite security forces trying to arrest criminals. Manhole covers, depending on their weight, are always stolen and sold as scrap. Each is $ 10 to $ 20 ($ 1 = € 0.91).
Thieves can use the distribution of electricity after midnight to dismantle electrical equipment, melt it to obtain copper, and resell it as scrap.
Unprecedented poverty, soaring unemployment and the economic crisis that led to inflation were expected to increase theft. However, very strange things can be stolen, reflecting the horrifying reality experienced by the Lebanese and domestic population.
Recent obvious thefts included iron railings on Beirut’s bridge.
Yasa, a road safety specialist, recently posted a photo of Beirut’s busiest intersection, the Barbir intersection, on social media without a ramp. “Directed to the judiciary and internal security forces.”
“Unidentified people stole and resold the metal rods and barbed wire surrounding the minefields in the southern border region of the country,” the Lebanese army said on Thursday. “The minefields are no longer marked.” I don’t. “
Army Command warned against “such acts, which could pose a direct danger to civilians,” and emphasized the fact that “their perpetrators were prosecuted and arrested.”
Lebanese have been in a catastrophic economic crisis since 2019, with two-thirds of their population in poverty. The World Bank describes the situation in Lebanon, which accepts more than one million Palestinian and Syrian refugees, as “one of the worst crises” the world has witnessed today.
The lack of state-citizen relations is evident at the level of absenteeism in the public sector, with employees staying home several days a week.
Many of them are currently unable to buy fuel to go to work, as the government has gradually increased subsidies and the price of gasoline has doubled in a few months. In addition, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caused a significant rise in global fuel prices.
The Executive Branch Association protested “the government’s decision that the government could not meet the demands of its staff with effective solutions and would only provide social assistance without a salary increase.”
The association refused this assistance, decided to continue the strike, and asked employees to report that they would only work one day a week.
Dr. Bechara al-Asmar, president of the Union of Workers, called social assistance “peanuts.” He criticized the government and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who “previously accepted the labor rotation system,” and accused the government of not controlling market prices.
Al-Asmar added that “public and private sector employees are the most vulnerable.” He argued that general strikes could soon take place at all institutions.
“The inability to find policies and alternatives adopted in Lebanon to eradicate corruption has led to a serious existential crisis,” said Dr. Bacil Ismat, a professor of development studies and an advisor to the former Minister of Social Affairs. “. This can lead to the complete collapse of the state institution. ”
He said crime was on the rise, leading to considerable anxiety. “Everything is getting worse, depression, despair, suicide, school dropouts, begging, secret begging, child labor, unemployment, low demand for marriage, divorce, prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction … production and service The sector is collapsing, the real estate sector is suffering, and corporate, industrial and craft facilities are closing their doors. “
“The ruling party and its supporters are desperately trying to save the system. They work together to seize power, either through cash cards, welfare, or sweet promises, but authorities. It’s in the process of sinking, and the Lebanese have it, “he added.
This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com.