Riad al-Solh square in downtown Beirut, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Over the past decade, Riad al-Solh Square in Beirut's Downtown has emerged as focal point for political activism in the capital.Riad al-Solh Square has not always been a gathering point for political activism in Beirut.After Beirut's Downtown district was reconstructed in the 1990s by Solidere, groups from across the political spectrum began staging their protests in the rejuvenated city center, including Riad al-Solh Square.Around the corner in Martyrs' Square just days later on March 14, hundreds of thousands attended anti-Syrian protests.Tents were erected around Riad al-Solh square and many stayed there for 18 months.Later, after the assassination of top Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Wissam Hassan in 2012, young March 14 protesters also staged a sit-in at Riad al-Solh, demanding the resignation of then-Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
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