Corrupt and incompetent Lebanese authorities have plunged the country into one of the worst economic crises in modern times. Nearly 80 percent of Lebanon’s population lives under the poverty line, and the government has repeatedly delayed promised reforms and social protection plans. Hospitals are struggling to provide life-saving care amid the economic crisis, and electricity blackouts last up to 22 hours per day. No one has been held accountable for the catastrophic explosion in Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020. Security forces have at times used excessive and lethal force against protesters. Women continue to face systematic discrimination and violence. 

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Lebanese protesters wave national flags during demonstrations to demand better living conditions on October 21, 2019 in downtown Beirut.

Lebanon has seen mass anti-government demonstrations since October 17, 2019, when the government announced a slew of new taxes. Now the country is dealing with the fallout of the August 4th blast that devastated Beirut. Follow our blog for the latest updates.

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