THE GLOBE AND MAIL/They took over a gas station that had sat derelict for three years and declared it the headquarters of their emergency response – and, maybe, a revolution.

Three weeks later, the rebranded “Nation Station” is an impressive sight, helping residents with food, clothing, home repairs and medical needs. The organizers say that, once they’re done rebuilding their city, they’ll be ready to fill the void in their country’s politics too. “We’re filling the gap, and showing we’re here when the government fails,” Mr. Achkar said.

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