BEIRUT — The protests in downtown Beirut are now in their sixth day and there’s no sign that the movement — ignited by corruption, rising costs, and inequality — will let up. There have been few arrests and injuries during the non-violent gatherings that have taken place in dozens of cities around the country. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands — some estimate up to a million — took to the streets, which is a significant number in a country of 4 million.
While there have been gatherings in almost every city and town in Lebanon, the largest has undoubtedly been in the capital, Beirut, where the mood of the protest oscillates between joyous revelry and more serious chants of unity.
I’ve gathered images of some of the signs, graffiti, and banners I’ve seen over my last two days in Beirut that reflect the ideological and cultural diversity of Lebanon itself. The protest is taking place on the streets of the Beirut Central District (aka downtown), which was redeveloped by the Solidere corporation, a company that has created large modern luxury buildings that remain mostly empty since they were built.