Another "Arab Spring", that is, the import of democracy?
Hungary unconditionally supports troubled Lebanon, and the EU has been able to condition humanitarian aid. After that, it is also a question of whether an accident happened. The events are eerily similar to what happened in any country that was previously ruined by external interference and has been miserable ever since. Protesters uprooted and taken to the streets, the fall of the "regime" and then hunger, civil war, poverty, ruins. Who is there for this?
Hungary is supporting one million euros in humanitarian aid through the Hungary Helps program to save lives, damage and rebuild after Wednesday's Beirut explosion, the Prime Minister's Secretary of State for Assisting Persecuted Christians announced at a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday.
The EU has been able to make humanitarian aid conditional on Lebanon
This is really the lowest, politically exploited victim of a disaster. Western countries are essentially trying to push through the late buds of the Arab Spring with this blackmail.
At their extraordinary donors ’conference on Sunday, donor countries pledged significant resources to help Lebanon recover from the devastating Beirut explosion on Tuesday, and are also willing to support a longer-term economic recovery, but
the Lebanese leadership is expected to commit to the reforms demanded by the Lebanese.
The statement issued at the end of the videoconference does not mention a specific amount, but states that the assistance "shall be provided in a timely manner, in sufficient quantities and in accordance with the needs of the Lebanese people, directly to the Lebanese people, in a fully effective and transparent manner".
Lebanon had been in turmoil for months before Tuesday’s explosion. Since the fall of 2019, there have been massive protests across the country, the country’s economy and the value of the Lebanese pound have begun to plunge, and the masses have demanded the departure of the political elite they blamed for the crisis.
At Sunday's extraordinary donors' conference, donor countries pledged significant resources to help Lebanon recover from the devastating Beirut explosion on Tuesday, and are willing to support a longer-term economic recovery, but Lebanese leadership is expected to commit to the Lebanese leadership. .
The statement issued at the end of the videoconference does not mention a specific amount, but states that help
"shall be disbursed in a timely manner, in sufficient quantities and in accordance with the needs of the Lebanese people, directly to the Lebanese people, in a fully effective and transparent manner."
For example, France has set up an air bridge and supplies 18 tonnes of health and 700 tonnes of food aid to Lebanon, according to individual declarations from some 30 participating countries.
The European Union will make available € 30 million in additional funding for reconstruction. On Thursday, the EU has already announced 33 million euros in aid.
For the Gulf countries, Qatar has pledged $ 50 million in emergency aid and additional unannounced aid. Kuwait has offered $ 40 million. The UK promised £ 5 million earlier this week and now a further £ 20 million and sent a team of doctors.
However, donor countries appear unwilling to issue a blank check to the Lebanese leadership, which Lebanese protesters see as corrupt and unfit, and Iran’s influence through Shiite Hezbollah is also a cause for concern among some countries.
Donor countries are also urging that the cause of the explosion be revealed by a credible and independent investigation.
In his opening speech, French President Emmanuel Macron asked the participants to put aside their differences and help the Lebanese. Assistance should be coordinated by the UN, he said.
The White House issued a statement testifying that U.S. President Donald Trump called for peace at the conference and acknowledged the legitimate demands of peaceful protesters for transparency.
More protests began on Sunday
Meanwhile, further protests began in Beirut on Sunday, with protesters throwing stones at police blocking the road to parliament. According to local television reports
a fire also broke out in the square. Thousands of protesters are once again flowing in the direction of the square in front of parliament and the Martyrs' Square, where there were deadly clashes between policemen and a group of protesters, according to the Reuters news agency.
Protests began as a huge explosion shook the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. More than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port have exploded for years without any precautions, killing at least 150 people, injuring about six thousand and making hundreds of thousands of homes uninhabitable in Beirut.
After the detonation, it turned out that the authorities had regularly warned the authorities for years that the storage of huge amounts of ammonium nitrate in the port was a danger, but in the end no one did anything to remove the chemical from the warehouse.
Subsequently, pointing at each other began and authorities detained 19 people, including the head of the port of Beirut and the customs office. On Sunday, a safety source also said a 43-meter-deep crater had formed at the detonation site.
Lebanon had been in turmoil for months before Tuesday’s explosion. Since the fall of 2019, there have been massive protests across the country, the country’s economy and the value of the Lebanese pound have begun to plunge, and the masses have demanded the departure of the political elite they blamed for the crisis. Prime Minister Hasan Diab, who took office in January, has since also announced that Lebanon will not repay its sovereign debt, which means the country will go bankrupt. On Saturday, Diab announced that he was proposing to call early elections.