8. The Cedar Revolution, 2005
Another colour revolution of this era, the Cedar Revolution was a series of demonstrations that took place in Lebanon, set off after former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated.
Following in the footsteps of other non-violent protests, the Cedar Revolution sought withdrawal of Syrian army from Lebanon and replacement of the government body which heavily leaned towards Syrian interests – in short, a cease in Syrian interference and occupation within Lebanon.
Before the demonstrations, Syria had about 14,000 soldiers and intelligence agents stationed in Lebanon, but by April 27th, 2005, the Syrian troops completely withdrew, helping the protests achieve the goals they had set. The Lebanese were, thus, able to run free and fair elections in 2005.