Protesters hold banners as they stand atop a concrete wall installed in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Space – or the lack of it – is something which has been a cause for campaigning in Beirut for years. Now, the "You Stink" protests have demonstrated a politicization of public space in the capital, and given a new lease of life to campaigners for public space. It is well-known that Beirut is a city with limited public spaces. However, the recent protests calling for a solution to the garbage crisis and an end to corruption have also highlighted the issue of public spaces. Beirut Green Project's Rana Boukarim spells out the link between space and the protests.The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche has long rallied against private development on Beirut's coastline. They are trying to push public space as a mainstream issue in the anti-government protests. The response of the state has also manipulated space.There is a further link between space and the protests. For Nahnoo's Mohammad Ayoub, this is part of the beauty of a city, and the spaces therein.
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