Mass protests in Lebanon
Are the country wide protests the beginning of a revolution in Lebanon?
This week millions of people were out on the streets of Lebanon demanding change. A lack of jobs, crumbling public services, rising living costs and rampant inequality had brought out people from all sections of the society. The proposed budget with more taxes, including one on WhatsApp, is seen as the straw that broke the camel’s back. Since the end of a fifteen year long civil war, Lebanon has relied on a unique set of arrangements to maintain peace and a balance of power among its various sects. But under the banner of 'everyone means everyone' the protesters are turning on the political class as a whole and uniting across sectarian divides. So is Lebanon in the midst of a revolution? Julian Worricker and guests discuss what this uprising means for Lebanon and the region.
Lina Khatib - Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House
Nizar Ghanem - Director of research at Triangle Policy Research Centre
Nada Sehnaoui - Beirut based artist and a political activist
Nassib Ghobril - Chief Economist at Byblos Bank
Sophia Farghal - businesswoman and protester
Demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-government protest in the southern city of Nabatyeh, Lebanon. Credit: REUTERS/Aziz Taher