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Lebanon: Fire on Beirut streets as anti-govt. protests enter second day

Lebanon, Beirut
October 18, 2019 at 14:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fire burnt on Beirut streets as anti-government demonstrators protested the country's current economic situation for the second day in a row, on Friday.

Footage shows protesters chanting slogans, clapping and waving Lebanese flags, as they stand behind a security line. Several streets are blocked with burning tyres.

According to media reports, Lebanon's Saad Hariri cancelled a cabinet meeting he had scheduled for Friday amid the crisis. He is expected to address the media later in the day.

Lebanon's current demonstrations are believed to be the country's biggest since 2015, seeking to highlight deteriorating living conditions, austerity measures, capital flight and the rise of the deficit and public debt.

According to reports, the heavily-indebted Lebanese government unveiled several new measures to raise revenue in an attempt to balance their large budget deficit. They included a tax of 20 cents per day for calls made through voice over internet protocol (VoIP), a service used by WhatsApp and Facebook calls. The proposal was later withdrawn.

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Fire burnt on Beirut streets as anti-government demonstrators protested the country's current economic situation for the second day in a row, on Friday.

Footage shows protesters chanting slogans, clapping and waving Lebanese flags, as they stand behind a security line. Several streets are blocked with burning tyres.

According to media reports, Lebanon's Saad Hariri cancelled a cabinet meeting he had scheduled for Friday amid the crisis. He is expected to address the media later in the day.

Lebanon's current demonstrations are believed to be the country's biggest since 2015, seeking to highlight deteriorating living conditions, austerity measures, capital flight and the rise of the deficit and public debt.

According to reports, the heavily-indebted Lebanese government unveiled several new measures to raise revenue in an attempt to balance their large budget deficit. They included a tax of 20 cents per day for calls made through voice over internet protocol (VoIP), a service used by WhatsApp and Facebook calls. The proposal was later withdrawn.

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