1. Top shot of thousands of protesters marching through Beirut streets
2. Protesters marching with banners and flags
3. Mid of protesters marching
4. Various of protesters chanting: (Arabic) "The people want to topple the sectarian system"
5. Army soldiers standing by
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Zuaiter, Protester:
"It's a demonstration for anti-sectarianism in Lebanon and for a secular system. We want to change this political system that drives us into too many wars."
7. Various protesters chanting
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Wassef Harakeh, Protester:
"We've come here today to say to the sectarian system and to the leaders of sects, enough! Enough tyranny, enough dictatorship. We will not allow, from today, to have this sectarian system in place; robbing people and our country."
Thousands of protesters marched in Beirut on Sunday to call for an end to Lebanon's sectarian political system.
The protesters waved flags, held signs criticising the sectarian makeup of Lebanon's government and calling for national unity.
According to Lebanon's power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliament speaker a Shiite Muslim.
Each faith makes up about a third of Lebanon's population of four (m) million.
The protesters said they were calling for a secular government.
"It's a demonstration for anti-sectarianism in Lebanon and for a secular system. We want to change this political system that drives us into too many wars," Bashar Zuaiter, a protester said.
Organisers, inspired by the recent successful popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, said they used Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms to publicise the protest.
Lebanon suffered a 15-year civil war, fought along largely sectarian lines, which ended in 1990 and killed 150-thousand people.
Major sectarian violence, threatening to tip the country into a new civil war, also broke out in 2008.
Lebanon has been without a functioning government since Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies in parliament toppled the government last month in a dispute over a United Nations backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister, Rafik al-Hariri.