In the wake of a rubbish crisis that saw piles of garbage build up on the streets of Beirut and beyond,people decided enough was enough.
They formed a grassroots movement under the #YouStink banner, and did something unique in a country riven by sectarian divisions, uniting regardless of religious or political belief to pressure the government into change.
The result was a series of mass protests, some of which ended violently. Here are a collection of images I took of the movement, which continues….
It was not always confrontational between riot police and protestors.
The road towards the parliamentary buildings proved a flashpoint. Here, one protestor defies the barb wire to throw debris at the authorities.
A piece of the temporary wall is removed. It was erected as a defence against protestors but was pulled down within 24 hours
Graffiti is playing a key role an expressing dissatisfaction among youth
The mass protest of Sept 9. Demonstrators braved the effects of a huge sandstorm that swept across the region
The wall was quickly covered in art expression public frustration with the government
Anger has been directed at the state, and its many perceived failings
A wide array of flags, balloons and shirts have been sold as the movement gains popularity
One participant in particular enjoyed the removal of the governments 24-hour wall
The Lebanese Red Cross, who had to deal with scores of injured last weekend, had less to do on the third mass #YouStink protest.
Youngsters peer through a wall erected by the government in response to the #YouStink protests
By the third mass #YouStink protest, and following strong criticism of heavy-handed tactics previously, the state security presence at the third mass protests was reduced
Groups danced, as young and old mingled
A woman beats a drum as part of the carnival atmosphere of the demonstration
Loudspeakers and sound systems blasted out music to large crowds during the protests on 29th August
Protestors spraying graffiti during the protests
A policeman viewed through the wall, which was taken down with a day of it being installed.
Protestors flee tear gas during the first mass protest. Along with rubber bullets and water cannons, it was also used extensively during the second mass demonstration.
Some felt that the protests evoked the memory of 2005’s Cedar Revolution, which kicked Syria out of Lebanon and was sparked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, pictured commemorated in a poster behind the demonstrators.
A demonstrator is interviewed by a local TV station during the first mass protest. One TV station, LBC, reported that a member of staff was attacked by police.
Tear gas wafts over Martyr’s Square in the heart of the Beirut
Skirmishes between police and protestors flared up within an hour of the first mass protest
Graffiti calling for change has sprung up across the city as part of the campaign. This was sprayed during Saturday’s protests.
At the first mass protest, which descended into violence largely blamed on the state, demonstrators marched past long lines of police
Demonstrations continued into the night of the first mass protest, as the Lebanese Red Cross reported that at least 15 protestors were injured, one critically so
A Sukleen worker walks past the protest. Sukleen is the company tasked with waste disposal in Beirut.
Demonstrators used the protest to express their anger at the political establishment