The youth revolution for an inclusive Lebanon

Ghia Osseiran

The 17 October Revolution in Lebanon may be a spontaneous movement wanting to remain “fluid” without clear leadership, but youth are at the helm of this mass mobilisation sometimes dubbed the “student revolution”. In addition to nationwide protests, teach-ins, lectures and debates take place in downtown Beirut on a daily basis discussing a range of public policies in bottom-up citizen-led deliberations. Discussions are participatory, democratic and equal and protests are decentralised and non-violent. Each neighbourhood or group holds its own internal discussions for mobilisations and makes its own decisions.

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