Author Archives: Greg Demarque

Protests against recusal of Beirut port blast judge

Protests against recusal of Beirut port blast judge

Parents and relatives of the victims of the Beirut port blast staged a spontaneous protest near the Courts of Justice in Adlieh in the evening of February 18th 2020 to express their anger and frustration at the recusal of Judge Fadi Sawan from the investigation earlier in the day, a decision condemned by both human

Vaccination campaign finally launched

On Sunday, February 14th 2021, began the pre-vaccination campaign organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Health for Lebanese medical personnel at the Rafic Hariri University Hospital, Saint Georges Hospital University Medical Center, and the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), to be followed on Monday 15th by a general vaccination campaign for Lebanese citizens

The Funeral of Lokman Slim

In the midst of Beirut’s beleaguered southern suburbs, statements for logic and reason, as well as empathis condemnations of terror and weapons, were solidified on this February 11, as clerics and dignitaries from Lebanon’s religious communities along with several foreign ambassadors joined with activists and family in the funeral of slain Lebanese filmmaker and fearless

Civil unrest in Tripoli

Tripoli protests continued to be intense, on January 31, 2021, in Al Nour square. It started with the arrival of demonstrators from Beirut, and ended up with armored vehicles and the Lebanese army soldiers’ pursuit of a group of young demonstrators in the streets of Tripoli.

Civil unrest turns violent

Tripoli protests January 28, 2021, in Al Nour square. 7:30 p.m. Protesters have already set fire to one of the doors of Al Tell police station, Bechara El Khoury street. Tear gas grenades rain down from the roof of the building and the air is unbreathable.  Gas floods the adjacent streets for more than 2.5

LEBANON 2020: URBAN POVERTY

People who not long ago were comfortably middle-class urban dwellers, find themselves thrown into poverty this year, to the point of relying on NGO-provided food aid. From the old to the very young, the faces of poverty may be depressed or smiling, but the underlying realities are the same. Urban poverty has been expressing itself

In pictures: Protests and clashes in Downtown Beirut

On June 6, thousands of protesters gathered in Downtown Beirut starting at 3 p.m. in the largest protest since the COVID-19 lockdown went into force. Demonstrators were protesting the impacts of the ongoing economic and coronavirus crises that have seen the value of the local currency plummet. Initial peaceful protests soon became heated as supporters

In pictures: Day 101 of the uprising

On Saturday January 25, protesters came back out in the hundreds to mark over 100 days of the Lebanese uprising, with marches held throughout the city congregating in Downtown Beirut. As the day wore on, as had been the case in previous weekends in January, the evening was characterized by clashes between riot police and

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