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

1 18.10.2019 Инфо

W/S Protesters behind security forces line, Beirut
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W/S Tyres burning
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W/S Tyres burning
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M/S Photographer taking pictures among burning tyre
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SOT, Wasef Alhareka , Protester (Arabic): "None of us is appalled by the government's resignation. We were without a President for two years and forming the government took eight months, the caretaker government can do it."
M/S Burnt rubble on streets
M/S Burnt rubble on streets
SOT, George, Protester (Arabic): "We are skeptical of a new government forming. As every new government is trying to reduce the deficit on our interest. Until when should we stay like this without anything in return, till when should I keep working, till I'm 70 or 80 years old."
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C/U Rubble burning on streets
SOT, George, Protester (Arabic): "[Our aim is] The overthrowing of this system, as we can not continue like this. If people do not take to the streets, we will not get out of the street."
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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 The proposal was later withdrawn.