Lebanon Marks Its First Year of Anti-Govt Protests

Published October 18th, 2020 - 07:19 GMT

Lebanese protestors kicked off anti-government demonstrations on 17 October, 2019 against tax policies and enduring economic, calling for the resignation of the government. 

On Saturday, Lebanese people marked the first anniversary of the months-long protests.

Moreover, hundreds of people hit the streets in Martyrs' Square in Beirut carrying. They carried the Lebanese flags to the Banks Association, before heading to the Central Bank.

And while the country suffered under the reeling economic and politic crises, Beirut's massive blast on 4th August made the situation even worst killing at least 192 people and injuring over  6,000.

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Lebanese protesters gather to light the "October 17 torch" marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in front of the devastated port of the capital Beirut where a massive explosion took place more than two months ago, on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters gather to light the "October 17 torch" marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in front of the devastated port of the capital Beirut where a massive explosion took place more than two months ago, on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester flashes the victory sign during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester flashes the victory sign during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters lift placards during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters lift placards during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese demonstrators wave the national flag as they drive to a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese demonstrators wave the national flag as they drive to a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese demonstrators carrying shields attend a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP

Lebanese demonstrators carrying shields attend a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters carry torches during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters carry torches during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese demonstrators play music during a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP

Lebanese demonstrators play music during a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters gather to light the "October 17 torch" marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in front of the devastated port of the capital Beirut where a massive explosion took place more than two months ago, on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester flashes the victory sign during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters lift placards during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators wave the national flag as they drive to a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators carrying shields attend a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters carry torches during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators play music during a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters gather to light the "October 17 torch" marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in front of the devastated port of the capital Beirut where a massive explosion took place more than two months ago, on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters gather to light the "October 17 torch" marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in front of the devastated port of the capital Beirut where a massive explosion took place more than two months ago, on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester flashes the victory sign during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester flashes the victory sign during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters lift placards during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters lift placards during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators wave the national flag as they drive to a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators wave the national flag as they drive to a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators carrying shields attend a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators carrying shields attend a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters carry torches during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters carry torches during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of the beginning of a nationwide anti-government protest movement, in the capital Beirut on October 17, 2020. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators play music during a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP
Lebanese demonstrators play music during a demonstration, marking the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement, in the capital Beirut's downtown area on October 17, 2020. Anwar AMRO / AFP