Thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages flooded major cities and towns nationwide Sunday demanding an end to corruption and the rule of the country’s political elite. One of the major protests took place in Toronto where hundred of people came to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in the four days of protests.
Protesters danced and sang in the streets, some waving Lebanese flags and chanting “the people want to bring down the regime.”
The spontaneous mass demonstrations are Lebanon’s largest in five years, spreading beyond Beirut. They are building on long-simmering anger at a ruling class that has divvied up power among themselves and amassed wealth for decades but has done little to fix a crumbling economy and dilapidated infrastructure.
More anger began after the government proposed new taxes, part of stringent austerity measures amid a growing economic crisis. The protests have brought people from across the sectarian and religious lines that define the country.