Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.

Howard Zinn
Families of people who were killed during the Beirut port explosion, at a protest, after a Lebanese court removed the judge leading the investigation into the explosion, outside the Justice Palace in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby AlJadeed)
Families of people who were killed during the Beirut port explosion, at a protest, after a Lebanese court removed the judge leading the investigation into the explosion, outside the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby AlJadeed)
Smoke billows from objects set on fire by anti-government activists during a protest near the house of a military tribunal prosecutor who charged several protesters with terror and theft offences related to last month's violent protests in #Tripoli, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
Smoke billows from objects set on fire by anti-government activists during a protest near the house of a military tribunal prosecutor who charged several protesters with terror and theft offences related to last month’s violent protests in Tripoli, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
A committee of families of Lebanese students studying abroad, block a road with burning tires during a protest against the central bank's delay in implementing a law to facilitate the transfer of funds to their children in other countries, in #Beirut, #Lebanon.(NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A committee of families of Lebanese students studying abroad, block a road with burning tires during a protest against the central bank’s delay in implementing a law to facilitate the transfer of funds to their children in other countries, in Beirut, Lebanon.(NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Riot police arrest an anti-government protester outside a military court in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Riot police arrest an anti-government protester outside a military court in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A mother of a Lebanese student who studies abroad shouts during a protest with other parents demanding that banks allow the transfer of university fees for their children studying abroad, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A mother of a Lebanese student who studies abroad shouts during a protest with other parents demanding that banks allow the transfer of university fees for their children studying abroad, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Buildings and roads are covered with snow in the Cedars tourist area in #Bsharri, #Lebanon. (Khaled / Xinhua)
Buildings and roads are covered with snow in the Cedars tourist area in Bsharri, Lebanon. (Khaled / Xinhua)
Families of the martyrs of the August 4 explosion lit candles in the port area, seeking the truth of what happened, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Ramzi Al-Hajj / Nida Alwatan)
Families of the martyrs of the August 4 explosion lit candles in the port area, seeking the truth of what happened, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Ramzi Al-Hajj / Nida Alwatan)
A protestor raising the victory sign as he stands in the middle of burning tires, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Marwan Bu Haydar / Al-Akhbar)
A protester raising the victory sign as he stands in the middle of burning tires, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Bu Haydar / Al-Akhbar)
A protester at the Military Tribunal holds a sign reading, “If those arrested were really terrorists, they would have left in air conditioned buses”, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussam Shbaro)
A protester at the Military Tribunal holds a sign reading, “If those arrested were really terrorists, they would have left in air conditioned buses,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the state-sanctioned transport of Daesh fighters from Lebanese soil in 2017, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussam Shbaro)
An anti-government protester holds a Lebanese flag, as burning tires block a road in front of the house of judge Fadi Akiki during a demonstration calling for the release of anti-government activists detained following riots in northern Lebanon late last month, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
An anti-government protester holds a Lebanese flag, as burning tires block a road in front of the house of judge Fadi Akiki during a demonstration calling for the release of anti-government activists detained following riots in northern Lebanon late last month, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
People attend the funeral of Anis Naccache, a former pro-Palestinian militant, in #Beirut suburbs, #Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
People attend the funeral of Anis Naccache, a former pro-Palestinian militant, in Beirut suburbs, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Policemen push a vehicle trapped on a snow-covered road at #Aley Village in Mount Lebanon, #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
Policemen push a vehicle trapped on a snow-covered road at Aley Village in Mount Lebanon, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
A vehicle is seen covered with snow at #Bhamdoun Village in Mount #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
A vehicle is seen covered with snow at Bhamdoun Village in Mount Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
An army soldier scuffles with an anti-government protester outside a military court in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
An army soldier scuffles with an anti-government protester outside a military court in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Syrian refugee children walk along a makeshift bridge, made to cross over the water gathered from heavy rain, at Marj Syrian refugee camp in #Bekaa valley, #Lebanon. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
Syrian refugee children walk along a makeshift bridge, made to cross over the water gathered from heavy rain, at Marj Syrian refugee camp in Bekaa valley, Lebanon. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
#Lebanon Maria Abou Jaoude competes in the Women's Giant Slalom event on February 18, 2021 at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, #Italy ‘s #Alps. (Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
Lebanon Maria Abou Jaoude competes in the Women’s Giant Slalom event on February 18, 2021 at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italian Alps. (Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
A woman holds a picture of a man who was killed during the Beirut port explosion, at a protest, after a Lebanese court removed the judge leading the investigation into the explosion, outside the Justice Palace in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A woman holds a picture of a man who was killed during the Beirut port explosion, at a protest, after a Lebanese court removed the judge leading the investigation into the explosion, outside the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A woman takes a 'selfie' photograph with other women along a snow-coverd road near the town of Bcharre in mount Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A woman takes a ‘selfie’ photograph with other women along a snow-coverd road near the town of Bcharre in mount Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Snow-covered town of #Bcharri in Mount #Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Snow-covered town of Bcharri in Mount Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Hussein Hamza, a Lebanese environmental activist, shows off his hands covered with tar-soaked sands at a Nature Reserve, considered a destination for sea turtles to lay eggs, in #Tyre, #Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)
Hussein Hamza, a Lebanese environmental activist, shows off his hands covered with tar-soaked sands at the Tyre Nature Reserve, considered a destination for sea turtles to lay eggs, in Tyre, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)