Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Beirut on Sunday to call out the political system and standard of living in Lebanon.

The military can be seen arriving to the protests in armoured vehicles, where they met protesters on the streets of Beirut. After some small clashes the military was able to clear the street.

Boshraa, one of the protesters, explained her reasons for attending, saying: “There are no jobs, there is nothing, and our rights as Lebanese citizens do not grant us things that are considered rights in Europe, that are mandatory for the state to provide.’’

While another said “this sit-in is because enough is enough. We are not slaves.”

Many among the crowd donned yellow vests reminiscent of the protests which started in France in November and have since spread to other countries.

Multiple activist groups, including the Lebanese Communist Party, called for the protest on social media to express outrage over the month-long deadlock preventing the formation of a new government, as well as other long-standing issues in the country.

Top officials had projected a Cabinet would be formed by Saturday night, but last-minute hurdles have raised doubts about the regime’s ability to do so by the end of the year.

 

Video credit: Ruptly

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