Aug 23, 2015

#YouReek in #Photography

I admit I was feeling so furious tapping my mouse and my keyboard buttons trying to scout the interweb to get a good reach of what's going on in my capital, in my country, a million kilometers away. Just like every other Lebanese expat around the globe, we were feeling the walls closing up on us, all stuck and struck with what we're seeing. It took me a while (til the morning after) to realize, though, how big and beautiful what happened was, and all that's still happening til this moment [Thousands protest against government in Beirut-TDS].

I'm not here to make a journalistic recap of the protest and its byproducts, I just felt, as a photographer and a Lebanese individual, who just couldn't make it there, that I'd share in one blogpost what my fellow photographers have captured, whether professional photographers or amateurs, during yesterday's escalating circle of events, in a way to show my appreciation towards what they did, the guts they had to stick by the protesters only to show what's really happening. I'll leave you to the photos that will mark Lebanon's history for years to come. Credits given in the caption.

©Patrick Mouzawak
©Patrick Mouzawak

©Patrick Mouzawak
An anti-government protestor passes a face mask to a soldier last night in downtown ‪#‎Beirut‬. A couple of protesters threw stones at the soldiers but were stopped by others. Lots of chants of what roughly translates as "God bless the army". Loud boos at points for the riot cops who were dousing protestors and soldiers alike in swathes of teargas ‪#‎Lebanon‬ ‪#‎trashcrisis‬ ‪#‎youreek‬ ‪#‎youstink‬
©Sam Tarling
An anti-government protestor holds a rock that he'll throw toward police in downtown ‪#‎Beirut‬, earlier tonight. ‪#‎Lebanon‬ ‪#‎youreek‬ ‪#‎youstink‬ ‪#‎trashcrisis‬ ‪#‎somuchmorethanjustatrashcrisis‬
©Sam Tarling
Riot police face off anti government protestors in downtown ‪#‎Beirut‬ tonight. ‪#‎youreek‬ ‪#‎youstink‬ ‪#‎Lebanon‬ ‪#‎trashcrisis‬ ‪#‎somuchmorethanjustatrashcrisis‬
©Sam Tarling
"Trash protest turns onto first non-sectarian demonstration in Lebanon in a decade. 22nd August 2015"
©Natalia Sancha
"Trash protest turns onto first non-sectarian demonstration in Lebanon in a decade. 22nd August 2015"
©Natalia Sancha
"Trash protest turns onto first non-sectarian demonstration in Lebanon in a decade. 22nd August 2015"
©Natalia Sancha
"I have a weakness for the Lebanese Army, but here their faces before a protester who asks if that bullet is yours...."
©Natalia Sancha
Protesters holding their hands up in a show of non-violence after the soldiers started opening fire.
©Nadim Kamel
©Rimal Abeed
©Rimal Abeed
©Rimal Abeed
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©Roland Ragi
Protesters creating a human wall to try and stop or at least slow down the armed forces from shooting at the crowds.
©Roland Ragi
Protesters Saluting the Lebanese Armed forces with the National Anthem
©Roland Ragi