Dear comrades and friends,
We send you this letter to inform you about the latest developments in Lebanon, especially after the brutal attack by the “Lebanese Forces”, a fascist party/militia in Lebanon against the demonstrators during the commemoration of the 1st anniversary of the Beirut port huge explosion on August 4th of 2020.
The Lebanese Communist Party participated in the commemoration that consisted of 5 demonstrations from different regions of Beirut, all meeting at the Beirut port, beside the Committee of the Families of the Dead and Injured during the blast, several left wing and secular forces and groups and trade unions. In one of the demonstrations, the gangsters of the “Lebanese Forces” (LF), attacked the people with knives, sticks and rocks when they passed near one of their offices in Gemmayzeh area in Beirut.
The attack led to 20 injuries, out of which 7 were hospitalized, including one severe injury. One of the victims (Mazen Abu Zeid) was stabbed three times in the chest, lungs and back and was hit by sticks on his head and face. He underwent 3 operations and still rests at the hospital for 7 consecutive days.
Also, two youngsters (Jack Barakat and Johnny Barakat) were kidnapped, beaten and filmed saying shameful phrases under the threat of murder.
Those acts are murderous fascist attacks against communists, left and democratic forces that represent a threat to peace and stability in Lebanon, and reflect a political decision by the ruling parties to oppress and brutalize the people who are protesting against the regime and its policies, and who are demanding to lift the immunities off the Ministers and MPs who were called into the investigation about the Beirut port explosion.
We ask all of our comrades and friends to express their solidarity with our party, our people, and with the mass movement struggling for change, accountability, secularism and social justice in Lebanon.
We will send you a video summarizing and revealing those brutal attacks, and we send you links to three of our latest statements about those developments:
- Statement on July 22, by the LCP Central Committee, calling for mobilization on Aug. 4 under the slogan of "lifting the immunities, accountability, and removing the ruling system".
- Statement on August 4th by the Media Office of the LCP on the criminal attack of the “Lebanese Forces”.
- Statement on August 6th by the Political Bureau of the LCP: in response to the slanders and attacks of the fascists of the Lebanese Forces and its leader.
On behalf of the Political Bureau of the LCP
Omar El Deeb, Responsible for International Relations.