Lebanon marks first anniversary of protest movement

A memorial held two weeks ago for victims of the tragic Beirut port blast in Lebanon. The explosion has been widely blamed on the alleged corruption and incompetence of the hereditary elite. – EPA pic, October 17, 2020.

LEBANON marks the first anniversary today of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform.

Three prime ministers have resigned since the movement started but the country’s barons, many of them warlords from the 1975-90 civil war, remain firmly in power despite international as well as domestic pressure for change. 

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