On June 20, 2013, hundreds of Lebanese activists gathered in downtown Beirut to protest against the parliament extending its term and canceling elections. The parliament believed that a potential security crisis in Lebanon due to the rising extremist Salafist movement and in part to the Syrian civil war meant that elections would be risky. After a few protesters tried to break through the police barricade, the police ruthlessly attacked any and all protesters in their sight with batons: men, women, children, the elderly — everyone. A few activists tried to camp outside, but were immediately arrested. And that was that. The momentum died off just a couple of days after. This was Lebanon in a nutshell. The vast majority had a problem with the existing power structures, the March 8 and March 14 coalitions, but few were driven to be active. Fast-forward to August 29, 2015. Over 250,000 people packed Martyrs’ Square and Riad El Solh Square in downtown Beirut. What happened?