In a video posted to his Facebook page, Gemayel indicated that the installation of the concrete barriers and steel reinforcements is insulting to the country’s reputation, introducing the petition that aims at removing them.
“After that the Lebanese have eradicated all barriers dividing them over decades, have aspired to restore trust in their country and their representatives, concrete barriers and steel reinforcements were erected to separate the people from one another and from their Parliament,” the petition said.
“The Parliament represents the Lebanese people; hence, when it deliberately sets up barriers to separate between it and the source of its power, it’ll become an isolated authority that does not wish to listen to people’s demands.”
“In addition, the segregation of Beirut’s suburbs from one another is a move backward that has been refused by the Lebanese”
“Instead of setting up barricades, security forces must assert its authority and protect every peaceful protester, as well as suspend any perpetrator of attacks on freedom of expression,” it added.
“Therefore, we the undersigned, lawmakers of the Lebanese nation, call upon officials to immediately remove the cement barricades from Parliament’s surrounding and to open the access points to the Nejmeh Square so that all people reclaim their right to it,” it wrote.