Sociology of Protest

24 October 2017

This paper aims to examine an act  of the  protests and demonstrations that occurred in Martyr’s Square, Beirut, during 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2015. Martyr’s Square holds a strong significance in Lebanese patriotism, Martyr’s Square was a vibrant section of Beirut in all aspects of Lebanese life. No doubt, Martyr’s Square was the home of many different demonstrations. the first large protest occurring there happened in 2005 and was followed by several demonstrations of varying types, sizes and purposes. These protests were met with different reactions by the Lebanese Security Forces. The ‘You Stink’ movement has been chosen for in-depth of discussion throughout this paper. The movement began on 22 August 2015, and was fueled by the inappropriate accumulation of garbage and waste in the streets of Beirut and neighboring cities. This example will be studied through a sociological analysis, with attempts of determining the concept of protest, identifying the factors gave rise to  the protest, along with a discussion of the role played by the government, culture and media and their effect on  the outcome of the demonstration.