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