Beirut

Montreal protest in solidarity with the Lebanese #YouStink movement

On sunday August 30, 2015 a protest in solidarity with the Lebanese #YouStink movement was held in Montreal in front of city hall. 99%Media photojournalists, livestreamer and journalist where on location to cover the event. Solidarity protests were held in cities across the world where the expatriate Lebanese community came out to voice their discontent with the situation in Lebanon. It is rare that the Lebanese people break the sectarian mold and agree on something, but these protesters came together for a unifying non-sectarian cause that began in Beirut. In our previous article 99%Media journalists in Lebanon collaborated with their colleagues in Montreal to explain the reasons behind the #YouStink movement. In essence, the movement was triggered beacuse of the growing garbage situation in Lebanon where, due to political bickering and shortsightedness, garbage was no longer being picked and had been piling up on the streets for weeks. This was, as they would say, the straw that broke the camel’s back. In a rarity for a country that is divided across 18 confessional, and numerous more intra-confessional lines, the people came out and lashed their frustration at all the Lebanese politicians… without exception. In Montreal this show of unity of ... >>>

31 août 2015

The Beirut Wall That Was Built In One Day And Fell The Next

Chronicling the Beirut #YouStink protests can at times yield tragically comic results. Comic because of the absurdity of the situation, tragic because in Lebanon it is the innocent people who always end up with the bad end of the stick. On Monday August 24th 2015, right after the weekend the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) fired high pressure water canons, tear gas grenades, and rubber coated bullets at the #YouStink protesters, the authorities saw fit to erect a wall to protect the Sarail (house of the government), and the parliament. Resourceful and creative as they are, the protesters graffitied the walls in an act of resilient defiance. The Berlin Wall was erected in one day. It took 28 years for the berlin wall to fall in 1989. The Beirut Wall, similarly to the Berlin Wall, was erected in one day. Unlike the Berlin Wall which divided the German people from each other, the Beirut Wall was meant to keep the political elite and the members of parliament, who supposedly represent the people, safe and secure from the angry protesters, thus dividing the government from the people. However, that division is merely symbolic as the government barely ... >>>

25 août 2015