Lebanon is deep in the throes of an economic crisis that has shaken confidence in the country's banks and worsened since the protests erupted on October 17.
Caretaker PM Saad Hariri says he did not want to be premier of a new government, putting the onus on adversaries to find an alternative who can steer the protest-hit country out of the crisis.
Lebanon marks 76 years of self-rule, with protesters kicking off festivities nationwide instead of a military parade to mark what they say is a first year of "real independence."
Protesters were angered by President Michael Aoun and felt ignored, ramping up the intensity of the protests following the death of one protester who was shot and killed by Lebanese soldiers.
While regional powers are playing the long game in Lebanon which is balanced on a knife-edge, Hezbollah digs its heels in when it should be accepting more responsibility for the country's crisis.
The students joined the now four-week-long protests, outing their frustration at the lack of future prospects in the country with youth unemployment reaching 30 percent.
Lebanese protesters are vowing to keep up their street movement until all their demands are met, including the formation of a technocratic government.
Anti-government protesters flooded streets in Beirut, rejecting President Michel Aoun's attempt to position himself as the guarantor of the protest movement and its anti-corruption drive.
President Michel Aoun made the remarks as protesters in central Beirut continued to push for the resignation of the current government, accusing it of corruption, incompetence and sectarianism.
Security forces still struggling to open some roads as protesters continue their civil disobedience campaign in support of nationwide anti-government demonstrations.
With Algeria and Sudan ousting longstanding leaders, ongoing unrest in the Gaza Strip and protests in both Iraq and Lebanon, there is a feeling that change could once again be sweeping across the region.
Sparked on October 17 by a proposed tax on free calls made through messaging apps such as WhatsApp, the protests have morphed into a cross-sectarian street mobilisation against a political system seen as corrupt and broken.
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