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Why Lebanon’s People Are Turning on Their Politicians
By Jane FergusonJuly 12, 2019
Activists in Beirut protesting funding cuts to the Lebanese University. Lebanon’s political leaders hope to impose austerity measures without reforming a political system renowned for its dysfunction.Photograph by Mikhail Alaeddin / Sputnik / AP
On a sunny afternoon in mid-June, several hundred students and lecturers from the Lebanese University, in Beirut, gathered in a square outside the Prime Minister’s office. Some stood on top of a pickup truck loaded with loudspeakers, leading chants against proposed government budget cuts to the university. “We want to continue our year and we
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