BEIRUT: A giant fist in Martyrs’ Square emblazoned with the word “Revolution” in Arabic was lit on fire in the early hours of Friday morning, the 37th day of Lebanon’s uprising and the country's 76th Independence Day.
The fist, a giant cutout that appeared in the square the first week of nationwide protests, has become a symbol of the uprising that erupted on Oct. 17.
Lebanese media reported that eyewitness accounts said that an unidentified man on a motorbike threw an ignited object at the fist at 6 a.m., after which he drove away. The perpetrator's identity and motives have yet to be confirmed.
Protesters that had been sleeping in the square said they tried to extinguish the fire but could not do so in time.
On Oct. 29, a band of Amal Movement and Hezbollah supporters went on a rampage in Martyrs' Square, destroying tents and attacking people. They attempted to set the fist on fire, singeing it. Shortly after the pandemonium, Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation.