Lebanon's economy had already been in tatters before the explosion that shook Beirut on Tuesday, says Kristof Klemann from Germany's Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
There are few bright sides to life in Lebanon, where the economy is verging on complete breakdown. But while some have shown sympathy with those committing "hunger crimes," others have taken to barter and banter to cope.
A confluence of government malpractice, economic instability and external interference has driven Lebanon's devastating crisis. Without significant change, there are concerns it could persist indefinitely.
Protesters have described a unity government aimed at shoring up the economy and tackling corruption as a "failure." With the Lebanese pound on the verge of collapse, protesters have called for a new government
As poverty soars in Lebanon, demonstrators defied the coronavirus lockdown to protest the corruption and mismanagement that has shattered the economy. What hope is there that the government can deliver real reform?
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