An act of civil disobedience in Lebanese Tourism institutions


It has been one unfortunate year for Lebanon. The country has been struggling with major economic crisis, resulting in the closing of several places, mostly including restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. However, the Beirut Port explosion just took the crisis to a whole new level. According to Tony Ramy who is the President of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants Cafes, Nightclubs and Pastries in Lebanon, declared that the industry reached a new loss record, estimated at $1 billion. In addition to the economic crisis and the destruction of so many places amid the explosion, the rise of COVID-19 has surged resulting in a complete lock down, once again. However, the situation has taken a slight shift.

Tony Ramy announced that all tourism institutions including restaurants, will not abide by the lockdown and shall stop paying taxes under the act of “civil disobedience” and that is to remain the case until a new state is formed in the country and conveys proper implementation of people’s money. This act portrays the loss of faith and trust in the state within the people, which definitely adds pressure on the country’s top officials. For now, Lebanon cannot but hold, stand strong and work for better days.


By: Lana Fadel

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