Protesters blocked roads throughout Lebanon’s capital city in demonstrations against deteriorating situations because of the country engages with an economic and financial crisis that has stoked concerns of currency devaluation.
On Sunday The demonstrators assembled shortly before noon in the central Martyrs Square in Beirut. Several hundred then marched alongside the main road close to the government headquarters, where riot police have been deployed.
Many brought the country’s flag, chanting “down with capitalism” and “leave!”
Others chanted a famous chorus of the 2011 Arab Spring protests throughout the region: “The people want the fall of the regime.”
Later in the day, some protesters set tires ablaze on several main roads, paralyzing the city.
One protester in Beirut stated that they went down to demand to live with dignity. They wish to say to the MPs, the ministers, and all of the ruling class that if they do not wish to give back what they stole, they should at least stop stealing so the people can live, attacking Lebanese leaders overstate corruption, based on Reuters news agency.
“We toil day and night just to be able to live,” one other protester, a 52-year-old Lebanese woman, informed the AFP news agency.
“They’ve starved us, stolen from us. Enough is enough,” she stated.
In Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city, protesters set fire to an image of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, footage broadcast by TV station Al Jadeed confirmed. Protesters also gathered close to the house of Najib Mikati, a former prime minister.