Ignited by a rubbish crisis, thousands of protesters converge in central Beirut for a rally against political leaders they say are incompetent and corrupt. Nathan Frandino reports.
Not even barbed wire could stop these protesters in Lebanon. They're burning with anger after weeks of unrest and amid one of the biggest protest movements in the country's history. The demonstrations were ignited by a waste crisis but have widened to include anger at corruption and incompetence in the government. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE PROTESTER LINA TOUBANI, SAYING: "We - the Lebanese people - have had enough of the ignorance and failure we are facing. We are demanding our simplest rights as people, are we seriously still suffering from a trash crisis? Where does this happen? In which country? We don't have electricity, we don't have water!" The protesters first mobilized after the government failed to agree on trash disposal, leaving piles of garbage rotting in the summer sun. Protesters say it reflects the rot inside Lebanon's deadlocked political system. They're now demanding snap parliamentary elections as well as better public services. Similar protests descended to violence last weekend, while the prime minister has threatened to resign... a move that could tip the state deeper into turmoil.