Aug 17, 2010

Chaos in a Beirut neighborhood

My neighborhood in Beirut erupted into chaos around midnight tonight. Some of the residents in the area threw bricks on the streets and tipped over the trash cans, causing the main road to be blocked.

When the police arrived, the residents blamed their actions on the frequent electricity cuts in the area, which caused businesses and individuals to suffer.

Today, the electricity was cut more than eight times for a total of seven hours. This has become a daily occurrence. A week ago, it was cut for more than 9 hours. While residents of other areas can subscribe to third-party providers (Ishtirak), it is forbidden in our neighborhood. In the scorching heat and high level of humidity, the residents are left without light and air conditioning.  

Below are the pictures I took from my balcony. Click to enlarge.


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