The Lebanese Popular Movement of October 17, 2019: Perspectives from Within
A new research project at the OIB lead by Professor Birgit Schäbler deals with the mass protests of autumn 2019, which in terms of size, diversity and geographical distribution represent a novelty in Lebanon's recent history. While the earlier movements, such as those led by political parties in 2005, or those led by NGOs and civil society organizations were limited to Beirut in 2015, the 2019 protests had a mass character and covered the entire country. Young women played a special role. The publication from this project deals with the underlying crises and the manifold appropriations of public spaces through art and discussion, the relationship between national currency and the US dollar, issues of the constitution and the political system, and gender dynamics.