Protesters demand change in Lebanon

August 10, 2020

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Protesters remove a concrete slab from a barrier to a road leading to the Parliament building during anti-government protests following a massive explosion that devastated Beirut, Aug. 10, 2020.


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Thousands of angry protesters have taken to the streets of Beirut demanding the ousting of Lebanon’s political elite, leading to the resignations of several ministers on Monday. And, America’s focus on preparation for future wars comes with a cost and has left the US ill-prepared for the global coronavirus crisis. Also, the pandemic is hitting Brazil's poor and unemployed population particularly hard — leading to soaring numbers of evictions. Now, housing advocates are starting to push back.

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