Abstract: Protestors have been unyielding in Lebanon, denouncing the worsening financial and economic crisis, attributed to the incompetence and corruption of the political class which has governed the country for decades. So far, the parties clinging to power after the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri appear to be resorting to subversive tactics in order to limit any further escalation. In spite of this, there is hope among the various sectarian and social tranches of the population mobilized by the intifada, that it could usher in much needed reform to the Lebanese political and economic system.

Nationwide protests were triggered by the Lebanese government’s fresh austerity measures and led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the end of October. For the first time since the end of the civil war in 1989, Lebanese demonstrators took to the streets challenging the sectarian kleptocracy ruling the country. Demonstrators from all walks of life, united by similar economic and social grievances are requesting a new social contract. The movement, which remains vulnerable to attempts of politicization and repression, appears nonetheless unrelenting and could lead to long-term changes in the sectarian order.