The stark white, pockmarked, bullet-riddled abandoned Holiday Inn towering above central Beirut is no longer the only blight on Beirutis' sightlines. City residents are now holding their noses as they face piles of garbage on the streets (often set aflame) which government paralysis has caused to go uncollected for over a year. The protests are the culmination of months of inaction by the government in remedying this issue and a number of other seemingly basic problems. The clashes between protesters and security personnel became violent earlier this week and hundreds were injured and several killed. The loss of life led to a brief pause in the protests, but a lack of resolution following an emergency government cabinet meeting led to continued clashes. Among the more bizarre incidents in the last couple days, a makeshift wall was assembled by the government blocking access to the Prime Minister's office. The wall, which looked quite a bit like a miniature version of Israel's concrete slab wall, was taken down Tuesday less than 24 hours after it was erected. While these protests may not rise to the scale of those seen in other Arab nations in recent years, they do serve as a clear indication that the Lebanese people are fed up. They are done dealing with the corruption, mismanagement, and broken political system through which Lebanon is governed. The division of power put in place so many decades ago clearly isn't working. Lebanon deserves better and we'll be watching closely in the weeks ahead.