Lebanon is braced for what many expect to be the largest protests in the fourth day of anti-government demonstrations.
Thousands of people of all ages were gathering in Beirut’s central square on Sunday, waving Lebanese flags and chanting the “people want to bring down the regime”.
The protests are Lebanon’s largest in five years, spreading beyond Beirut to its main cities and towns.
The unrest erupted after the government proposed new taxes, part of stringent austerity measures amid a growing economic crisis.
The demonstrations unleashed long-simmering anger at a ruling class that has divided up power among themselves and amassed wealth for decades but has done little to fix a crumbling economy and dilapidated infrastructure.
The protests have brought people from across the sectarian and religious lines that define the country.
Do your bit for independent journalism
Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.
We need you to help out, if you can.
When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.
You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.
In return you get:
- Advert free reading experience
- Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
- 20% discount from our shop