Protesters shout slogans as they block the road near the Interior Ministry in Beirut, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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At first, there was "You Stink, then," the campaigns multiplied at a dizzying pace.You Stink is opposed to all that smells in Lebanon – namely, its garbage and its politics.To some participants, the You Stink manifesto is too conservative, while to others, it is too imprecise. This, plus the open liberty of social media, has allowed other groups to find traction in the public space. The People Want the Reform of The Regime, a group of lawyers and journalists, has a careful and detailed manifesto, as its name might suggest.Then, Thursday, a group calling itself The August 29 Gathering held a demonstration at the Labor Ministry in Msharafieh, south of Beirut.The overlap between these various groups should not discourage protesters from attending activities.
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