The blast has been blamed on the widespread corrupt regime in Lebanon, which is hampering the investigation and not taking responsibility for what happened.
Tuesday night On August 4, 2020, the Lebanese capital, Beirut, exploded. More than 200 people have died, 6,000 have been injured and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes.
Governor of Beirut assesses at the timethat the damage covers more than half of the city’s area and is worth several billion euros.
The cause of the explosion had been 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in the port area since 2013. It and the indifference and inability of the administration.
The Beirut port authorities and the Lebanese administration knew that the warehouse could theoretically explode at any time, but did nothing about it.
Human Rights Organization Human Rights Watch blames now the Lebanese regime from the explosion. A recent report accuses the administration of “criminal negligence.” Several politicians as well as members of the security machinery were aware of the danger posed by inadequately stored ammonium nitrate, but did nothing about it, the organization says.
Human Rights Organization Amnesty blames Lebanese administration for obstructing and delaying the investigation into the explosion. Among other things, the administration has prevented the judge currently investigating the explosion from questioning senior officials, reports the news channel CNN.
The first judge appointed to lead the investigation was fired when he wanted to interview the same parties in the administration.
No one in the Lebanese leadership has taken responsibility for the blast, and the administration has focused on blaming its competitors for what happened.
Relatives of those killed in the blast called for an international investigation into the matter shortly after the blast, which the United Nations (UN) took over. However, the international investigation could not even begin due to opposition from the Lebanese administration.
Devastating exactly one year has passed since the explosion, but the country is still in great trouble, and no new government has been formed to replace the resigned administration as a result of the explosion.
The country is still led by an interim prime minister Hassan Diab, who originally resigned as prime minister after the explosion. Attempts to form a new government were unsuccessful for nearly nine months until Diab said in July to end government negotiations.
A year ago, the explosion and the devastation it caused fueled Lebanese dissatisfaction with the country’s administration. After the accident, large demonstrations took to the streets.
Even before the explosion, the streets of Beirut had seen demonstrations for months calling for a complete overhaul of the political and economic system.
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Lebanon protests have continued this summer as the plight of the country continues to grow.
Decades of systematic corruption, arrangements reminiscent of the Lebanese central bank’s pyramid scheme, the explosion and the coronavirus pandemic have plunged the earth deep economic crisis.
In two years, the Lebanese central bank has lost about half of its foreign exchange reserves, and nearly half of Lebanon’s population has drifted below the poverty line.
As a result of the economic discipline, the price of food has risen by 700 per cent in the last two years. Due to drug shortages painkillers are also prescription drugs in the country today and pharmacies are constantly subjected to violent robberies.
In an explosion the relatives of the dead and those injured in the blast are bitter to the country’s administration.
“I am angry that no one has been arrested or imprisoned,” says a Beirut resident. Shady Rizk news agency for AFP.
“Anger makes you want to break things, take protests to the streets, throw Molotov cocktails and light fires. Anything to get rid of the anger. ”
Rizk suffered serious mental and physical injuries in the explosion. A total of 350 stitches were put on him. Rizk lost his sight almost completely, and even a year later doctors removed pieces of glass from his body.
“Every month a new piece of glass is found.”
Relatives and other townspeople who died in the blast have planned several prayer ceremonies, marches and other memorial services for the anniversary of the blast.
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