Lebanon’s protest flame still flickers on anniversary of ‘revolution’

Lebanon’s protest flame still flickers on anniversary of ‘revolution’

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Demonstrators marched through Lebanon’s capital on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of a protest movement that toppled the government but was then overwhelmed by economic crisis, coronavirus and a devastating explosion in Beirut.

The demonstrations that broke out last October spread nationwide against a political elite that had ruled since the 1975-1990 civil war, presiding over an economic crisis and a collapse in the currency.

While the turmoil led to the resignation of prime minister Saad al-Hariri, politicians have since failed to form a government capable of addressing the country’s challenges.

The global pandemic and the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut’s port, which killed nearly 200 people, brought further suffering and robbed the protests of momentum.