Lebanon POW: 3 – 9 September

We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface hidden tension that is already alive ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Lebanese activists wave Lebanese flags carry placards as they shout slogans during a demonstration, in down town Beirut. People gathered to protest against the ongoing garbage crisis, calling for the resignation of the government. Heaps of garbage have been piling up around Beirut and other parts of the country after the government was unable to replace the contractors who collect rubbish. Many Lebanese citizens see this as a manifestation of a dysfunctional government that is unable to carry out basic functions. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Lebanese activists wave Lebanese flags carry placards as they shout slogans during a demonstration, in down town Beirut. People gathered to protest against the ongoing garbage crisis, calling for the resignation of the government. Heaps of garbage have been piling up around Beirut and other parts of the country after the government was unable to replace the contractors who collect rubbish. Many Lebanese citizens see this as a manifestation of a dysfunctional government that is unable to carry out basic functions. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Protesters carry banners and Lebanese national flags during a protest against perceived government failures, including a rubbish disposal crisis, at Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut. Lebanese security services locked down central Beirut on Wednesday as ministers and parliamentarians met to discuss ways out of a political crisis that has paralysed government and fueled a wave of street protests. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)

Protesters carry banners and Lebanese national flags during a protest against perceived government failures, including a rubbish disposal crisis, at Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut. Lebanese security services locked down central Beirut on Wednesday as ministers and parliamentarians met to discuss ways out of a political crisis that has paralysed government and fueled a wave of street protests. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)

A protester wearing a red nose sprays Lebanese security members with a water gun during a protest against perceived government failures, including a rubbish disposal crisis, near the government palace in downtown Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)

A protester wearing a red nose sprays Lebanese security members with a water gun during a protest against perceived government failures, including a rubbish disposal crisis, near the government palace in downtown Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)

Anti-riot police stand behind steel barriers beside the Ministry of Environment, as protesters shifted from Martyr's square after the demonstration ended there. (Elyse CHACCOUR)

Anti-riot police stand behind steel barriers beside the Ministry of Environment, as protesters shifted from Martyr’s square after the demonstration ended there. (Elyse CHACCOUR)

An elder with the Lebanese flag walking beside steel barriers, blocking people from entering parts of downtown Beirut, during a demonstration against constant failure in handling the waste management in Lebanon (Ali Alloush / Almodon)

An elder with the Lebanese flag walking beside steel barriers, blocking people from entering parts of downtown Beirut, during a demonstration against constant failure in handling the waste management in Lebanon (Ali Alloush / Almodon)

Protesters chant slogans and carry Lebanese national flags during a protest against perceived government failures, including a rubbish disposal crisis, at Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)

Protesters chant slogans and carry Lebanese national flags during a protest against perceived government failures, including a rubbish disposal crisis, at Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)

A protester throws eggs at a convoy of Lebanese politicians arriving at the parliament building in downtown Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)

A protester throws eggs at a convoy of Lebanese politicians arriving at the parliament building in downtown Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)

A graffiti on a wall in the Lebanese capital Beirut, reads in Arabic "The new Lebanon is found" in reference to the "You Stink" non-partisan group which has organised a series of growing protests in recent weeks against Lebanon's political class and corruption. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A graffiti on a wall in the Lebanese capital Beirut, reads in Arabic “The new Lebanon is found” in reference to the “You Stink” non-partisan group which has organised a series of growing protests in recent weeks against Lebanon’s political class and corruption. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A general view shows Lebanese party leaders during a meeting for a new round of national dialogue at the parliament building in downtown Beirut. (STR / AFP)

A general view shows Lebanese party leaders during a meeting for a new round of national dialogue at the parliament building in downtown Beirut. (STR / AFP)

A Lebanese Army Commando eats a live snake during a security convention in Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A Lebanese Army Commando eats a live snake during a security convention in Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

South Korea’s Suk Hyun Jun, left, fights for the ball with Lebanon’s Youssef Mohamad during the World Cup Group G qualification soccer match between Lebanon and South Korea in the southern port city of Sidon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

South Korea’s Suk Hyun Jun, left, fights for the ball with Lebanon’s Youssef Mohamad during the World Cup Group G qualification soccer match between Lebanon and South Korea in the southern port city of Sidon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

Syrian refugees sit outside their tents as they cover their face with masks during a sandstorm, in a refugee camp in the town of Bar Elias, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. The unseasonal sandstorm hit Lebanon and Syria, reducing visibility and sending dozens to hospitals with breathing difficulties because of the fine dust. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Syrian refugees sit outside their tents as they cover their face with masks during a sandstorm, in a refugee camp in the town of Bar Elias, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The unseasonal sandstorm hit Lebanon and Syria, reducing visibility and sending dozens to hospitals with breathing difficulties because of the fine dust. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Cars drive on Dbayeh Highway, north of Beirut as a sandstorm blows over the Lebanese capital. A dense sandstorm engulfing parts of the Middle East left at least two people dead in Lebanon and hundreds suffering from respiratory problems, as officials warned residents to stay indoors. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Cars drive on Dbayeh Highway, north of Beirut as a sandstorm blows over the Lebanese capital. A dense sandstorm engulfing parts of the Middle East left at least two people dead in Lebanon and hundreds suffering from respiratory problems, as officials warned residents to stay indoors. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A bronze statue in downtown Beirut as the sky looks dull yellow due to a sandstorm blowing over the Lebanese capital. At least two people died and 750 cases of suffocation were reported in Lebanon because of the sandstorm. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A bronze statue in downtown Beirut as the sky looks dull yellow due to a sandstorm blowing over the Lebanese capital. At least two people died and 750 cases of suffocation were reported in Lebanon because of the sandstorm. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A sandstorm shrouds the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon. The unseasonal sandstorm hit Lebanon and Syria, reducing visibility and sending dozens to hospitals with breathing difficulties because of the fine dust. (Hussein Malla / AP)

A sandstorm shrouds the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon. The unseasonal sandstorm hit Lebanon and Syria, reducing visibility and sending dozens to hospitals with breathing difficulties because of the fine dust. (Hussein Malla / AP)

A Lebanese activist aligned with the "You Stink" campaign wears a facemask as the sky looks dull yellow due to a sandstorm blowing over the Lebanese capital. Laying down are Lebanese activists outside the Environment ministry that are on a hunger strike to demand the resignation of the Environment minister, who is at the centre of the country's waste crisis. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A Lebanese activist aligned with the “You Stink” campaign wears a facemask as the sky looks dull yellow due to a sandstorm blowing over the Lebanese capital. Laying down are Lebanese activists outside the Environment ministry that are on a hunger strike to demand the resignation of the Environment minister, who is at the centre of the country’s waste crisis. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Lebanese Maronite Christian couples take part in a mass wedding at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke. Thirty seven couples got married during the event organised by the Maronite league. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Lebanese Maronite Christian couples take part in a mass wedding at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke. Thirty seven couples got married during the event organised by the Maronite league. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Farid Matar, the new "Mr. Lebanon" after competing during the beauty contest at Casino du Liban in Jounieh. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Farid Matar, the new “Mr. Lebanon” after competing during the beauty contest at Casino du Liban in Jounieh. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Contestants in the Miss Tourism Universe 2015 competition pose for pictures next to a government building in central Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Contestants in the Miss Tourism Universe 2015 competition pose for pictures next to a government building in central Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

British Labour MP Mary Creagh, speaks with a Syrian woman during her visit to a refugee camp in the southern town of Zahrani, south of the port city of Sidon. There are some 1.2 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon, many of them living in flimsy tents scattered across the country. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

British Labour MP Mary Creagh, speaks with a Syrian woman during her visit to a refugee camp in the southern town of Zahrani, south of the port city of Sidon. There are some 1.2 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon, many of them living in flimsy tents scattered across the country. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A supporter of Michel Aoun flashes the party's sign Free Patriotic Movement, during a protest in downtown Beirut. Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, has urged a heavy turnout at the demonstration, which is separate from recent anti-government protests over the country’s ongoing trash crisis. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

A supporter of Michel Aoun flashes the party’s sign Free Patriotic Movement, during a protest in downtown Beirut. Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, has urged a heavy turnout at the demonstration, which is separate from recent anti-government protests over the country’s ongoing trash crisis. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

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