There is far too little discussion about the collapse of the middle class, almost no discussion at all about the incredible income and wealth inequality in this country and the fact that we’re moving toward an oligarchic form of society.

Bernie Sanders
A protester sitting near a burning tire, during a demonstration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah)
A protester sitting near a burning tire, during a demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah)
A plane emerging from behind black smoke coming out of burning tires, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Mustafa Jamal Eddine / Al Modon)
A plane emerging from behind black smoke coming out of burning tires, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mustafa Jamal Eddine / Al Modon)
Protesters near some burning tires during a demonstration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Dar al Mussawir)
Protesters near some burning tires during a demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon. (Dar al Mussawir)
A woman emerges from the smoke coming out of burning tires during a demonstration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban)
A woman emerges from the smoke coming out of burning tires during a demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hasan Shaaban)
A protester rest near a roadblock during a demonstration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby)
A protester rest near a roadblock during a demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby)
A man carries a card that reads "Soon, opening a travel office to Hell", during a protest in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Fadel Itani / Nida AlWatan)
A man carries a card that reads “Soon, opening a travel office to Hell”, during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Fadel Itani / Nida AlWatan)
A nurse shows her #COVID19 vaccination record card at a hospital in #Tripoli, #Lebanon. (Khaled / Xinhua)
A nurse shows her COVID-19 vaccination record card at a hospital in Tripoli, Lebanon. (Khaled / Xinhua)
#Kataeb Party supporters wave Lebanese flags, and carry placards against #Hezbollah and Iran during a protest in Sassine Square in Ashrafieh district, #Beirut, #Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese Kataeb Party supporters wave Lebanese flags, and carry placards against Hezbollah and Iran during a protest in Sassine Square in Ashrafieh district, Beirut, Lebanon. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A man carries his bicycle as he tries to pass a roadblock erected by protestors on the highway linking #Beirut to south #Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)
A man carries his bicycle as he tries to pass a roadblock erected by protestors on the highway linking Beirut to south Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)
An anti-government protester holds a Lebanese flag as tires are burnt on the main highway to protest, in northern #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)
An anti-government protester holds a Lebanese flag as tires are burnt on the main highway to protest against the power cuts, the high cost of living, the low purchasing power of the Lebanese Lira, in northern Beirut, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)
People block a road during a protest against the unprecedented collapse of the Lira currency, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
People block a road during a protest against the unprecedented collapse of the Lira currency, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
A woman holds a hand fan as she waits to join a march marking International Women's Day in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A woman holds a hand fan as she waits to join a march marking International Women’s Day in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Security forces intervene protestors blocking roads during a demonstration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
Security forces intervene protestors blocking roads during a demonstration against the depreciation of the local currency and low purchasing power amid a deepening economic crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency)
Smoke billows from burning tyres blocking a main highway in the area of Jal el Dib north of #Beirut, during a protest against #Lebanon’s deepening economic crisis. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
Smoke billows from burning tyres blocking a main highway in the area of Jal el Dib north of Beirut, during a protest against Lebanon’s deepening economic crisis. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
An elderly man sits in the middle of a highway that links capital #Beirut to north #Lebanon, during a protest against the country's deepening economic crisis. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
An elderly man sits in the middle of a highway that links capital Beirut to north Lebanon, during a protest against the country’s deepening economic crisis. (Marwan Naamani / DPA)
A protester holds up a national flag as he walks in front of burning tires that are blocking a main road, during a protest, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A protester holds up a national flag as he walks in front of burning tires that are blocking a main road, during a protest, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A demonstrator sits on the ground near burning tires during a protest against the fall of the Lebanese Lira currency and mounting economic hardships, in #Saida, #Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A demonstrator sits on the ground near burning tires during a protest against the fall of the Lebanese Lira currency and mounting economic hardships, in Saida, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Anti-government demonstrators erect a brick wall to block the highway during a protest against the deteriorating value of the local currency and dire economic and social conditions, at the southern entrance of #Tripoli, #Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP)
Anti-government demonstrators erect a brick wall to block the highway during a protest against the deteriorating value of the local currency and dire economic and social conditions, at the southern entrance of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP)
A demonstrator stands near a burning fire blocking a road, during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships, in #Zouk, #Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A demonstrator stands near a burning fire blocking a road, during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships, in Zouk, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A man wearing a mask depicting the Lebanese flag stands next to flaming tires in the area of #Dora on the northern outskirts of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A man wearing a mask depicting the Lebanese flag stands next to flaming tires in the area of Dora on the northern outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Demonstrators gesture during a protest against the fall in Lebanese Lira currency and mounting economic hardships, in #Saida, #Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Demonstrators gesture during a protest against the fall in Lebanese Lira currency and mounting economic hardships, in Saida, Lebanon. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A Maronite Christian priest pleads anti-government protesters to let him pass with his vehicle as he stands next to burning tires at a make-shift roadblock in Zouk Mosbeh north of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A Maronite Christian priest pleads anti-government protesters to let him pass with his vehicle as he stands next to burning tires at a make-shift roadblock in Zouk Mosbeh north of Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
A man stands next to flaming tires at a make-shift roadblock set-up by anti-government demonstrators next to the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the Martyrs' Square in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
A man stands next to flaming tires at a make-shift roadblock set-up by anti-government demonstrators next to the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)