Thousands take to streets of Lebanon in protest demanding end to corruption

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Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters gathered in major cities and towns nationwide today demanding an end to corruption and the rule of the country's political elite. 

Hundreds joined the demonstrations every hour as people took to the streets for the largest anti-government protests yet in four days of demonstrations.

Protesters danced and sang in the streets, some waving Lebanese flags and chanting 'the people want to bring down the regime.'

In the morning, young men and women carried blue bags and cleaned the streets of the capital, Beirut, picking up trash left behind by the previous night's protests.

A picture taken with a drone shows an aerial view as protesters wave Lebanese flags and shout anti-government chants during a protest in front of Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

A picture taken with a drone shows an aerial view as protesters wave Lebanese flags and shout anti-government chants during a protest in front of Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

A Lebanese girl painted her face with Lebanese flag colours as she took to the streets to take part in the spontaneous mass demonstrations

A Lebanese girl painted her face with Lebanese flag colours as she took to the streets to take part in the spontaneous mass demonstrations

One of the many protests took place in front of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque (pictured) in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

One of the many protests took place in front of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque (pictured) in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese demonstrators burn tires during a protest against dire economic conditions in the industrial zone of Dora on the northern outskirts of Beirut

Lebanese demonstrators burn tires during a protest against dire economic conditions in the industrial zone of Dora on the northern outskirts of Beirut

Anti-government protesters shout chants in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday. The spontaneous mass demonstrations are Lebanon's largest in five years, spreading beyond the capital

Anti-government protesters shout chants in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday. The spontaneous mass demonstrations are Lebanon's largest in five years, spreading beyond the capital

Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered on Sunday in major cities and towns nationwide. Pictured: demonstrators in Beirut

Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages gathered on Sunday in major cities and towns nationwide. Pictured: demonstrators in Beirut 

Protesters carry placards, wave Lebanese flags and shout anti-government chants during a protest in front of the Government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Protesters carry placards, wave Lebanese flags and shout anti-government chants during a protest in front of the Government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

The unrest erupted in downtown Beirut after the government proposed new taxes, part of stringent austerity measures amid a growing economic crisis

The unrest erupted in downtown Beirut after the government proposed new taxes, part of stringent austerity measures amid a growing economic crisis

The spontaneous mass demonstrations are Lebanon's largest in five years, spreading beyond Beirut. 

They are building on long-simmering anger at a ruling class that has divvied up power among themselves and amassed wealth for decades but has done little to fix a crumbling economy and dilapidated infrastructure.

The unrest erupted after the government proposed new taxes, part of stringent austerity measures amid a growing economic crisis. 

The protests have brought people from across the sectarian and religious lines that define the country.

'People cannot take it anymore,' said Nader Fares, a protester in central Beirut who said he's unemployed. 'There are no good schools, no electricity and no water.'

In the northern Beirut suburb of Jal el-Deeb, hundreds of people held a protest on the main highway that links Beirut with the northern city of Tripoli. 

The protests have brought people from across the sectarian and religious lines that define the country. Pictured: crowds gather in front of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut

The protests have brought people from across the sectarian and religious lines that define the country. Pictured: crowds gather in front of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut

Many of the protesters have already said they don't trust the current government's reforms, and are calling on the 30-member Cabinet to resign

Many of the protesters have already said they don't trust the current government's reforms, and are calling on the 30-member Cabinet to resign

Protesters danced and sang in the streets, some waving Lebanese flags and chanting 'the people want to bring down the regime'

Protesters danced and sang in the streets, some waving Lebanese flags and chanting 'the people want to bring down the regime'

Demonstrators carry national flags during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Demonstrators carry national flags during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Politicians are now racing against time to put forward an economic rescue plan that they hope will help calm the public

Politicians are now racing against time to put forward an economic rescue plan that they hope will help calm the public

A demonstrator sits on a pole while carrying a national flag during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

A demonstrator sits on a pole while carrying a national flag during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese girls with their faces painted with the green and red Lebanese flag participated in a protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese girls with their faces painted with the green and red Lebanese flag participated in a protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

Demonstrators sit in a pool during an anti-government protest in the southern city of Tyre, Lebanon

Demonstrators sit in a pool during an anti-government protest in the southern city of Tyre, Lebanon

Demonstrators hold the national flag as they stand on a boat during an anti-government protest in the southern city of Tyre, Lebanon today

Demonstrators hold the national flag as they stand on a boat during an anti-government protest in the southern city of

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