What does it comes to your mind first when you think of a term ‘Crisis’?
At first I thought the crisis always includes war, terror or mass destruction. However, the fact is not. The definition of ‘Crisis’ is 1. a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point. 2. a condition of instability of danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change. It is a moving to change certain circumstances and the Lebanon is in crisis now which is ‘Trash Crisis.’
Garbage is piled along a highway in Beirut, Lebanon, September 3, 2015.
The Lebanon currently facing the crisis which is called ‘Trash Crisis.’ As we can see in the pictures above, trash are piled up everywhere. Then why those trash are still remaining and no one clean it up? Since the main waste-management company Sukleen announced that there is no place to dispose the garbage where they ordinarily dumped in the mountains southeast of the city, the government didn’t decide the alternative place to handle trashes. Citizens are suffering because of the gases coming out of the trash so, they could not even open windows.
This circumstances indicates not only the trash problem that Lebanon currently facing but also, a potent symbol of the political rotten Lebanon government. With the dirty smell and view of trash, protesters brought out the slogan; “You Stink.”
One of the Western diplomat said
What we’re concerned about is the continued steady erosion of the institutions, which is a fact, that’s why people take to the streets, there is a lot of inefficiency, there is no reform, and the government is not able to execute whatever decision it takes.
Even the Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam supports the ongoing nationwide protests against his own government. Which means some politicians in Lebanon are also believe something is going wrong in their country.
A protester holds up a Lebanese flag during a protest against corruption and against the government’s failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal in Beirut, Lebanon August 29, 2015.
Riot police sprayed protesters with water in Beirut as demonstrations entered a second day.
Thousands of protesters joined the protest and the police tear gas guns and shot fire hoses on the crowds. According to the Red Cross, at least 30 people were hurt and police shot rubber bullets to the crowds too. Mr. Fouad al Hassan who is an actor in television comedies said
We want new blood or the country will stay same. Today, it’s too late for me, but I want it for my children. I want them to live a better life.
Based on what Mr. Hassan said, he knew that the government is not doing well in the past, but now he want to change it in for children. Then why these kind of crisis didn’t occur in the past. I believe citizens in Lebanon could realize the problem and inability of the government throughout the disgusting smell of trash. Poverty, Repression and inequality problem in Lebanon existed in the past, but these problems didn’t make people’s anger meet the 100 Celsius. However, the smell that trash made citizens distressed everyday, every moment so, it hit the 100 Celsius and burst out their anger to the government.
We will face or already faced some irrationality of the society now we are currently in and will be in. However, we don’t make voices every time with other people because the crisis need ‘People.’ To be more specific, people who can sympathize with me on a certain problem. In this ‘Trash Crisis in Lebanon’, many people agreed that something is going wrong in their country and made voices. As a result, I believe ‘Sympathy’, the ‘Sympathy’ of many people is the most critical thing that could bring crisis in the society and change the world into a better place.