A second demonstration is organized in front of the Consulate General of Lebanon in Montreal on Sunday so that the diaspora can express their rejection of the Lebanese political regime, following the explosions which destroyed part of Beirut on Tuesday.
More than sixty people are present.
Another demonstration, also organized by the united Diaspora group, took place on Friday in the presence of nearly 200 people.
United Diaspora militates against the current Lebanese political regime, which it accuses of corruption and negligence.
The group calls on the Canadian government to stop recognizing the Lebanese government as a legitimate government.
He also calls for the expulsion from Canada of the Lebanese ambassador in Ottawa and the consul general in Montreal, whom he considers illegitimate, because appointed by the regime, “responsible, he says, for crimes against humanity against the Lebanese people».
«Every day the Lebanese spend under this government is a day of danger and fear», Supports Ghadi El Koreh, one of the organizers of the event.
United Diaspora also calls on Ottawa to “support growing calls in Lebanon to form a group of independent experts to clarify the circumstances surrounding the Beirut explosion».
Mr. El Koreh considers that the announcement of Canadian government to send aid to Lebanese NGOs and not to the government “is a very good start“, But claims”much firmer action».
Donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, inefficient?
In addition, a spontaneous outpouring of solidarity to come to the aid of the victims of the explosions seems to be bearing fruit in Montreal. The young Ayla Maria Tamer and her mother Noelle Lahlouh have rallied dozens of volunteers over the last few days to collect donations of clothing and non-perishable food.
«We hope to send them [les biens] by air, because it is more efficient. Our last resource is by boat», Explains Noelle Lahlouh.
But according to one expert, donations of food or clothing may not be as effective as donations of money. On the one hand, because what is collected does not necessarily correspond to the needs on the ground, and on the other hand because the transport to Lebanon will be too long, explains François Audet, founder and director of the Canadian Observatory on humanitarian crises.
He cites the example of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti where donations remained in containers without ever being distributed.
The Canadian Red Cross explains that coordinating cash donations is much easier, since the money can be transferred directly to the Red Cross in Lebanon.