Lebanese flag and crowd at Martyrs Square during #YouStink protest on August 29.

#YouStink: Lebanon Revolts

August 29th marked another milestone in the #YouStink protests that have been growing significantly over the past month. Organizers say that 250,000 attended; however, it appeared that it could have been more. Martyrs’ Square in Downtown Beirut was packed, and the crowd stretched all the way to other squares and streets. People came from all over the country to participate, including Tripoli, Akkar, Barja, and from various towns in the South. By night time, a handful remained, and a few clashed with the police. Riot police eventually geared up and arrested 25 of them – 10 are still in custody.

Riad Solh, Serail, Balloons, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Barbed wire, YouStink
Riad Solh square hours before the protest. People hung balloons by the barbed wire that replaced the wall.

 

Raid Solh, Hariri, Protester, Baloon, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon
Breaking stereotypes: “Beiruti against Hariri”
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Two men wear t-shirts that read “infiltrator”.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
“Damn you, Machnouk!” Protesters share their thoughts and feelings.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
One of the many organizers of the #YouStink movement at the rally.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
This man, along with other men on wheelchairs, demanded the rights for those with disabilities.

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Food of the Revolution: Traboulsi kaak
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
A protester carries a sign that parodies a famous Arabic poem.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
“Into the grave of history”

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
“Barja ignited the revolution”
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
By 6 PM, the square was packed with protesters.

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Many children were at the protest with their family.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Many expressed solidarity with other popular movements happening in neighboring countries.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
“I don’t belong to neither March 14 nor March 8; I am a Lebanese citizen”
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Smoke comes out of the Zouk plant at a distance.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
The American University of Beirut Secular Club were one of the many student clubs that attended and made their presence known.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Martyrs’ Square was still packed with people, even as the sun came down.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
A play on a famous Fairuz song: “The government needs a push”
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Hours after the rally started, more people kept showing up.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
“Crime, Corruption, Sectarianism”
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
A stencil on the barbed wire barricade reads “glory to the infiltrators”.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Rose petals covered the streets, hours after people started leaving Martyrs’ Square.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Some demonstrators stayed until later hours of the evening.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
The ‘supermoon’ lights up Riad Solh square.
Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution
Some protesters started a fire by the barbed wire barricade.

Riad Solh, Protest, Martyrs Square, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, YouStink, garbage crisis, revolution

Check out last week’s photo essay, where we captured Downtown Beirut after a night of mass arrests and police brutality.

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