THE REVOLUTION Is Here
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.