Lebanese President Michel Aoun asked leaders and the people of the country to ensure civil peace, during the National Dialogue which took place at the Baabda Palace in Beirut on Thursday.
«Welcome, and thank you for attending this meeting, which bears one title, which is the protection of stability and civil peace, especially in light of recent developments. Therefore, I was hoping that it would include all political parties and forces, because civil peace is a red line and it is assumed that all wills converge to fortify it,» opened President Aoun.
The meeting went ahead despite a large portion of the opposition and many invitees boycotting the occasion. The event was boycotted by former Prime Ministers Saad Hariri, Najib Mikati, Fouad Siniora and Tammam Salam. Many more important community leaders also snubbed Auon's invitation.
Before the event, activists were filmed marching with «No confidence» slogans on banners and placards, as well as Lebanese flags. Protesters who were stopped by riot police near the palace then proceeded to hold a sit-in protest.
The unrest and lack of government confidence comes as the lockdown implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic added further pressure on the struggling Lebanese economy, further damaging the already weak currency. This situation has already prompted a new wave of protests despite social distancing restrictions.