(CNN)Protesters across Lebanon joined hands on Sunday to form a human chain that connected the country's north and south, a symbolic display of national unity during a period of political turmoil.
Protesters in Lebanon formed a human chain across the entire country
Nearly 170,000 people joined the chain, which ran from Akkar to Sidon, said Dr. Sally Hammoud, an event organizer.
"It was a symbol to show the world that we all are united and nothing can break us, and most importantly, we are peaceful," she told CNN.
The chain spanned 105 miles (170 km), cutting through Beirut, Tripoli, Dbayeh and other cities along the Lebanese coast. Many participants draped themselves in the Lebanese flag and sang the national anthem.
For more than a week, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese, from all walks of life, have taken to city streets in what has been dubbed the "October Revolution."
Frustrated by decades of corruption, mismanagement and sectarianism, citizens are calling for the government to resign. The sudden mass movement has brought the country to a standstill and caught the political elite by surprise.
The human chain formed on Sunday was inspired by similar chains Lebanese women have formed throughout the revolution to prevent clashes between protesters and armed forces.
Yara Khawam, an actress and organizer, described the human chain as an act of love.
"Our message was to portray the love we're made of, us Lebanese people," Khawam told CNN.
"I think the second we realized that our government kept us caged in their little sects and forced us to hate one another, we saw how much we'd like to all hold hands and be together."