The Lebanese artist, Fadel Shaker, participated in his compatriots commenting on the first anniversary of the Beirut Port explosion, which killed more than 200 Prime Time Zone and injured more than 6,000, amid an unprecedented economic collapse, as he launched a violent attack on officials.
Fadel Shaker, through his official account on Twitter, published archival photos of the horrific explosion of the port of Beirut, and commented: “A year has passed since the biggest crime against Beirut and the Lebanese, and the perpetrator is still hiding behind the rubble.”
A year has passed since the biggest crime against Beirut and the Lebanese, and the culprit is still hiding behind the rubble, because justice in my country is impeded by fortresses of corruption, and fortresses of a system that imprisoned the judiciary in the dungeon of politics, but hope comes with a shining sun for the oppressed and burning for the oppressor. pic.twitter.com/7R2k1HoOp4
– Fadel Shaker (@fadel_chaker) August 4, 2021
Fadel Shaker asks for justice
Fadel Shaker continued, attacking the officials, without naming anyone: “Because justice in my country is hindered by fortresses of corruption, and fortresses of a system that imprisoned the judiciary in the dungeon of politics, but hope comes with a shining sun for the oppressed and burning for the oppressor.”
Fadel Shaker’s tweet received a great reaction from his followers, who shared the same opinion and confirmed it, calling for the need to hold those responsible for this disaster to account, no matter what the cost.
May God grant you victory, O king of feelings, over every oppressor, and help the honorable Prime Time Zone of Lebanon over the gangs of Iran, the dogs of the suburbs, Lord of the worlds
Do not be sad, Sultan of feeling, for every unjust has an end, God willing
And their end is near
God will take revenge on them sooner rather than later
And victory for all Arab and Islamic countries and relieve their distress, Lord of the worlds 💔💔
— ʀǟʍǟ 🇸🇦❤️ (@rama_r909) August 4, 2021
Greetings from the homeland and respect for the finest artist for your sincere and patriotic principles and your love for Lebanon and those who wronged you here themselves were behind the catastrophe and the heinous crime, and hopefully the sun of freedom will rise, and the sun will shine on honorable sovereignty, justice and an impartial judiciary so that the homeland of peace returns, and may God grant you victory over every unjust, O high star, in the name of Lebanon #Fadel Shaker 🙏🇱🇧
– Nounavhalabi (@nounavhalabi) August 4, 2021
The families of the victims of the fire brigade carry out a march towards the port of Beirut
All Lebanese regions are witnessing a series of movements, marches and gatherings, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the explosion that occurred on August 4 last year.
The families of the victims marched towards the port of Beirut, carrying pictures of the victims in the fire brigade who were killed in the explosion while performing their duties.
The families of the victims of the fire brigade also stressed in their movements that “the explosion of the port is an organized crime, and every crime is behind it, an organized criminal and a facilitator of the crime.” They called on “the judicial and legal body to strike with an iron fist, because the time for accountability has come.”
This afternoon, a march started in front of the Palace of Justice in Beirut towards the port, with the participation of the families of the victims of the port explosion and the Bar Association Melhem Khalaf. Lawyers from the Beirut and Tripoli Bar Syndicates participated in the solidarity vigil.
A collision occurred between the participants and the public security personnel, who blocked the road in front of the Public Security Center, to prevent the march from reaching.
year after the disaster
The French newspaper “Le Figaro” published a report on the first anniversary of the Beirut port explosion, noting that the Lebanese demands for justice regarding the horrific explosion that shook the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, are hampered by the country’s ruling political system, which considers escaping from Punishment is an institutional act.
Despite initial promises to reveal the truth “within five days of the explosion”, no one has yet admitted any responsibility.
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Even worse – the newspaper says in its report – that everyone at the highest levels of the state is united to obstruct the course of justice, noting that most of those who are currently in temporary detention, out of twenty or so Prime Time Zone, are simple workers or employees.
The newspaper went on to recall that Judge Fadi Sawan, the first person responsible for the case, was forced to resign last February after the interim Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers were charged with “negligence”. They filed a case before the Court of Cassation, arguing that he had a “special interest” in the case.
And “the court is likely to have complied with the political order,” according to Habib Nassar, director of policy and research at the NGO Impunity Watch.
Beirut port explosion
“I will go where the law leads me,” said Tariq Bitar, Sawan’s successor, appointed on February 19. Nothing will stop me.” The judge therefore requested that several high-ranking officials within the ministries and departments with authority over the port and storage of ammonium nitrate be questioned in order to charge them and initiate proceedings on “possible intent to kill”, as well as on “negligence and abuse”. Thus, he demanded the lifting of the immunity of some deputies and officials in state agencies.
And “Le Figaro” considered that the challenge is first to separate the delicate network of responsibilities, knowing that “criminal negligence, even intentional, has been proven”; Because everyone knew at the highest level”, summarizes Habib Nassar.
When he resumed the investigation and the thousands of pages of the file, Judge Tariq Bitar declared that he was facing three leads: an aerial bombardment, a criminal act, or an accident due to the poor storage conditions of ammonium nitrate, a notorious explosive: the hypothesis that what happened was due to an Israeli operation against Hezbollah weapons caches. God suspected.
Today, this appears to contradict a French expert’s report submitted in early July to the Lebanese judiciary, which is based on analysis of satellite imagery. The report was not published, but the leaks to the press were not denied.
As for the other two hypotheses, it is assumed that they clarify many points. First, the true identity and destination of the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that was offloaded from the Rhosus, a rubbish ship belonging to the Cypriot shipowner Charalambos Manoli, in the port of Beirut in 2013.
The latter hides his identity under a clever group of shell companies, which made him appear in the Panama Papers scandal between foreign capital and money laundering.
It is also funded by FBME, which the US Treasury in 2014 accused of financing terrorist organizations (including Hezbollah) and facilitating the purchase of chemical weapons for the Syrian government.
Justice must also explain why safety standards for nitrate storage have never been met. Because nothing was done, while many Lebanese officials, at all levels, were warned of the extremely dangerous substance upon its arrival in Beirut.
In a letter he addressed to the Director General of the Ministry of Transportation, the Lebanese law firm Baroudi & Associates alerted him in 2013 to the seriousness of the shipment by citing the 1947 disaster in the U.S. port of Texas when a similar shipment on board the Grandcamp burned down and killed 581 Prime Time Zone.
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