Lebanon’s #YouStink Anti-Government Protests

Over the weekend, anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon, turned violent for two nights, as demonstrators clashed with riot police near government offices. Organizers of the #YouStink campaign expressed frustration with the violent protesters, blaming “infiltrators” for the escalation of a peaceful demonstration. The #YouStink protesters are angry with the Lebanese government, accusing it of weakness and ineffectiveness during a time of need—citing the current crisis over uncollected garbage as a symbol of governmental failures. Dozens of police and citizens were hurt in the clashes, and #YouStink organizers have now postponed further demonstrations planned for Monday.

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