Nothing is very constant in Beirut. Certainly not dreams. But despair isn’t constant either. Beirut is a city to be loved and hated a thousand times a day. Every day. It is exhausting, but it is also beautiful. – Nasri Atallah.

Activists carry placards reading 'No for more taxes,' during a protest in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Activists carry placards reading ‘No for more taxes,’ during a protest in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Lebanese protest against new high taxes in front of the government palace in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Lebanese protest against new high taxes in front of the government palace in Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Walid Jumblatt commemorating the 40th anniversary of assassination of his father Kamal Jumblatt, in al-Moukhtara. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Walid Jumblatt commemorating the 40th anniversary of assassination of his father Kamal Jumblatt, in al-Moukhtara. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

People attend a commemoration ceremony held to mark the 40th death anniversary of Kamal Jumblatt in Moukhtara. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu)

People attend a commemoration ceremony held to mark the 40th death anniversary of Kamal Jumblatt in Moukhtara. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu)

A protest against new high taxes, in front of the Lebanese Central Bank at Hamra Street, in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

A protest against new high taxes, in front of the Lebanese Central Bank at Hamra Street, in Beirut. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

The longest shawarma sandwich 121m was rolled in the town of Abassieh, near Tyre. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)

The longest shawarma sandwich 121m was rolled in the town of Abassieh, near Tyre. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)

Syrian refugees, who were granted humanitarian visas by Italy gather in Beirut's International airport. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Syrian refugees, who were granted humanitarian visas by Italy gather in Beirut’s International airport. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A model during the "Ski and fashion 2017" lingerie fashion show in Faraya. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

A model during the “Ski and fashion 2017” lingerie fashion show in Faraya. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

A man dressed up in a Lebanese flag attends a demonstration against proposed tax increase, in Beirut. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)

A man dressed up in a Lebanese flag attends a demonstration against proposed tax increase, in Beirut. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)

Bodyguards protect Saad Hariri, from a water bottle thrown by demonstrators in downtown Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Bodyguards protect Saad Hariri, from a water bottle thrown by demonstrators in downtown Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A demonstrator with a photo of the government written on it "Thieves of Lebanon", in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A demonstrator with a photo of the government written on it “Thieves of Lebanon”, in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Taking a selfie with security forces during a protest in Beirut. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

Taking a selfie with security forces during a protest in Beirut. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

Raising the middle finger protesting the corruption and the government's new tax plans, in Beirut. (Hussein Baydoun)

Raising the middle finger protesting the corruption and the government’s new tax plans, in Beirut. (Hussein Baydoun)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with President Michel Aoun, at the Vatican. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with President Michel Aoun, at the Vatican. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP)

Palestinian Ambassador Ashraf Dabbour (L) helps ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf (C) put on a traditional Palestinian scarf after announcing her resignation from her position, in Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Palestinian Ambassador Ashraf Dabbour (L) helps ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf (C) put on a traditional Palestinian scarf after announcing her resignation from her position, in Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Protesters ask clerics to increase the age at which custody of children for divorced Shiite Muslim couples can be awarded to the mother, in front of Supreme Shiite Council, in Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Protesters ask clerics to increase the age at which custody of children for divorced Shiite Muslim couples can be awarded to the mother, in front of Supreme Shiite Council, in Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Fighters of Hezbollah attend the funeral of a comrade who died in Syria in Kfar Hatta. (Mahmoud Zayyat / AFP)

Fighters of Hezbollah attend the funeral of a comrade who died in Syria in Kfar Hatta. (Mahmoud Zayyat / AFP)

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