Hezbollah supporters burn ‘fist of revolution’ at DT Beirut — Naharnet

After driving through the cities chanting “Shiites, Shiites”, a group of young people on scooters descended on Martyrs’ Square during the night and burned the “fist of the revolution”.

It was interpreted by the independents as a gesture of spite by Hezbollah, after the election of Elias Jradeh and Firas Hamdan in the Southern III district for seats that Hezbollah and its allies had not lost for three decades.

The Interior Ministry announced the final results on Monday evening. The first breakthrough had already been confirmed by the first results but the second was a surprise for both parties.

The two candidates and new deputies on October 17 defeated Asaad Hardan of the Syrian National Socialist Party and chairman of al-Mawared bank, Marwan Kheireddine.

The “fist of the revolution” had become a visual symbol of the secular protests that swept Lebanon in October 2019 and raised hopes for democratic change.

The movement lost momentum as Lebanon’s ruling cartel of bigoted political barons bided its time and one of the deepest economic downturns of our time stifled popular discontent.

The legislative elections were a major first test for those in the protest camp who chose to enter the political fray.

17 candidates who supported the 2019 protests won seats. At least twelve of them will sit in parliament for the first time.

Another great satisfaction for those who are described in Lebanon as the candidates of the “thawra” (revolution, in Arabic), was the defeat of several reviled deputies loyal to the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

Hezbollah and Amal retained the 27 parliamentary seats reserved for Shia lawmakers, but other allies lost ground.

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