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The roots of Lebanon's anti-government protests

This week, Lebanon’s prime minister and his entire cabinet stepped down. It was in response to anti-government demonstrations that erupted after last week’s blast in Beirut. Reporter Rebecca Collard explains how the protests started long before the explosion and why they’re still continuing now.
Demonstrators try to break a barrier during a protest in Beirut on Monday. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

This week, Lebanon's prime minister announced his resignation, along with his entire cabinet. The announcement follows massive anti-government demonstrations that erupted in the wake of the explosion that rocked central Beirut last week. But even with the government stepping down, the protests have persisted.

Today, reporter Rebecca Collard, who's been reporting from Beirut for years, joins us to explain how the protests started long before the explosion and why they're raging on.