Lebanon’s Protests Are a Popular Outcry Cutting Across Sectarian Lines

Anti-government protesters wave Lebanese flags and shout slogans against the Lebanese government during a protest in Beirut, Oct. 21, 2019 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).
Anti-government protesters wave Lebanese flags and shout slogans against the Lebanese government during a protest in Beirut, Oct. 21, 2019 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).

Historic anti-government protests in Lebanon have shut down the country over the past week, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets in Beirut and far beyond to demand the government’s resignation. Prime Minister Saad Hariri addressed the nation on Oct. 18, promising immediate reforms, but his words ultimately rang hollow as Lebanese continued to demonstrate in growing numbers. The Lebanese Forces, a prominent Christian political party, has already resigned its Cabinet members. The initial demonstrations in downtown Beirut late last week were a response to reports that the government would impose a $6 fee on the use […]

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