- Title: Fireworks, flares light up Beirut sky on fourth and biggest night of protests
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS LETTING OFF RED FLARES TRIPOLI, LEBANON (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED IN TRIPOLI IN MAIN SQUARE, SOME WAVING FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 30 YEAR-OLD PROTESTER, HIBA ZBEIDI, SAYING: "We want the three of them to leave, the President Michel Aoun, the Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri. If they don't leave we will stay on the street. We are going to sleep here." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE HOLDING UP PHONES WITH LIGHTS AND WAVING FLAGS JAL EL DIB, LEBANON (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF GIANT RECTANGULAR FLAG WAVED BY PROTESTERS OVER BRIDGE PROTESTERS GATHERED IN STREET CHANTING AND WAVING FLAGS, AS SEEN FROM ABOVE PROTESTERS WAVING GIANT RECTANGULAR FLAG ZOUK, LEBANON (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) PROTESTERS IN MIDDLE OF HIGHWAY, AS SEEN FROM ABOVE
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 21:23
- Keywords: Lebanon protests politics economy unprecedented protests
- Location: BEIRUT, TRIPOLI, JAL EL DIB, ZOUK, GHAZIR AND BYBLOS, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT, TRIPOLI, JAL EL DIB, ZOUK, GHAZIR AND BYBLOS, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA007B1WJCXZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: On the fourth night of protests, the biggest yet, Beirut's sky line lit up with fireworks as protesters danced and chanted late into the evening showing no sign of abating.
Massive protests swelled across Lebanon on Sunday (October 20) in an unprecedented show of dissent against its ruling elite as hundreds of thousands converged to demand the overthrow of a system they see as riddled with corruption and cronyism.
A sea of people, some draped in or holding Lebanese flags, crammed roads nationwide for a fourth day, calling for revolution in protests that resembled the 2011 Arab revolts that toppled four presidents.
Cheerful, buoyant and hopeful their protests would bring change, people of all ages and religions played patriotic songs and danced in the streets, with some forming human chains and chanting for their leaders to be ousted.
The anti-government protests, fuelled by crippling economic conditions and anger at perceived government corruption, have fanned out across the country since Thursday (October 17).
(Production: Alaa Kanaan, Ahmed el Kerdi, Walid Saleh, Yara Abi Nader, Ayat Basma)
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