On Sunday at 10AM, protesters held a civil demonstration calling for an end to the same injustices as their fellow Lebanese citizens in Beirut. Druze Times news correspondents, Loujein Amaneddine, Haifa Radwan, and Hiba Radwan, were at the scene to speak with protestors.
Deir El Qamar, located in the Chouf District of Mount Lebanon, has been relatively quiet until now. Druze from the neighboring village of Baakline joined other Lebanese and local residents in the protest. It should be noted many of the Druze protesters have been actively protesting since the start of the country’s unrest on October 17, 2019.
For days, the Druze have been reluctant to protest in the Chouf to avoid upsetting the local political parties. However, the general feeling of discontent is gaining momentum and many may be frustrated at having to travel one hour to join the protests in Beirut. In addition, the village of Deir El Qamar is known for having some support for current president Michel Aoun, and demonstrators feared using any of the same chants that were heard all over Lebanon. In some frames, a banner of the hugely unpopular president Michel Aoun can be seen draped over a building in the background.