Young protesters are flooding Lebanon’s streets to vent their fury over joblessness and inequality.
The demonstrations have paralysed the country in recent days, forcing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s government to announce measures aimed at quelling anger and rescuing an economy in free fall.
Some Protesters are Shi’ite Muslims from the south, who say they have shed religious affiliations to join a broad protest movement that has cut across sectarian lines, challenging a system they say fuels inequality, nepotism, and corruption.
Lebanon’s power-sharing system is based on 18 recognised religious sects that dates back to French colonial rule.
The youth say their fight is to erase the legacy of a 15-year civil war that began in 1975 and pitted Muslims, Druze, and Christians against one another.