THE REVO­LU­TION Is Here

Ekaruna - - Special Report -

On Satur­day the 29th of Au­gust 2015, the streets of Down­town Beirut were a blur of Le­banese flags, hand-made posters and thou­sands of peo­ple.

Frus­trated, yet in high spir­its, the peo­ple of Le­banon filled the roads of Down­town to show that they have fi­nally had enough. The re­cent garbage cri­sis was merely the fi­nal straw for a coun­try whose peo­ple have come to­gether to take ac­tion. For weeks, the streets of Le­banon were filled with trash that sat on the pave­ments, ob­struct­ing our paths and spilling out on to the roads. The sight was dis­gust­ing, the stench un­bear­able and the re­al­ity was de­press­ing.

Ini­tially ig­nited by the waste cri­sis, the protest has come to have a much broader rea­son be­hind it, mir­ror­ing the peo­ples’ frus­tra­tion and re­sent­ment at the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity, and more specif­i­cally, the ways in which its lead­ers seem to be in­ca­pable of pro­vid­ing even the most sim­ple of ser­vices and grant­ing the most ba­sic of rights.

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