For two weeks, thousands of anti-government protesters have blocked major streets in Beirut and cities across Lebanon, paralyzing the country.
Schools, banks and some businesses remain closed.
Protesters are calling for government leaders to resign, and be held accountable for years of corruption and economic mismanagement.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri bowed to their demands and announced his resignation.
To discuss all of this:
- Habib Battah is an independent journalist and founder of the news site, beirutreport.com.
- Luna Safwan is a Lebanese freelance journalist and communications specialist.
- Mounzer Sleiman is the founder and director of the Center for American and Arab Studies.
- Abdel Bari Atwan is the editor-in-chief of the digital Arabic news and opinion site, Rai al-Youm.
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) October 29, 2019
Lebanon's army started reopening major roads after mass protests forced the government to resign.
But many people vow to keep protesting, demanding major political and economic reforms and an end to corruption:
"We want the entire system to change." pic.twitter.com/1hm7eSd4fJ
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 30, 2019
Brazil, Chile, Lebanon, Ecuador, Iraq, UK, Guinea, Hong Kong. Protests are breaking out across the globe & activists are demanding action ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿https://t.co/vgttUFY5gy
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) October 28, 2019