For a city that has prided itself as one of the best destinations for nightlife in the Middle East, the battlefield-like scenes broadcasted on national TV over the weekend of January 18th – 19th and January 22nd were quite the change from the usual glitz and glamour of Beirut’s party scene.
Out into the streets the students went! Filling Beirut with chants from the ongoing uprising in Lebanon, students joined the protests hoping for a future that allows them to thrive in their home country. Most grew up with stories they’d heard from their parents’ experiences living through the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) or the more distant past of their grandparents which granted Lebanon its independence on November 22nd, 1943.
The Lebanese uprising has been raging since October 17th and there seems to be no solution in sight since the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 29th.
Lebanon is a unique beast. It is a country of sharp social contrast and a fragile sectarian balance—a balance that has dominated Lebanese politics since the end of the civil war in 1990 and that has recently started to show cracks.
After two weeks of mass demonstrations, road closures and a resigned Prime Minister, the fate of Lebanon hangs in the balance as the country faces the unknown.