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Lebanon: Clashes break out as protesters start fires in Beirut streets

4 18.10.2019 Инфо

W/S Police running, firing rubber bullets, Beirut
W/S Police firing
W/S Fire
W/S Protesters adding boards to fire
W/S Fire
W/S Fence on fire
W/S Water cannon pumping water on flames
W/S Water cannon pumping water on flames
M/S Smoke rising from fire as water hits
W/S Smoke after fire extinguished
W/S Smoke after fire extinguished
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Protesters set cardboard and containers on fire in Beirut as demonstrations against the country's dire current economic situation continued fo their second day in a row on Friday.
Footage shows protesters adding pieces of wood to the fire and water cannons jetting water on to the flames. A massive cloud of grey smoke enveloped the streets subsequently.
Lebanon's current demonstrations are believed to be the country's biggest since 2015, as protesters seek to highlight deteriorating living conditions, austerity measures, capital flight and the rise of the deficit and public debt.
The heavily-indebted Lebanese government unveiled several new measures to raise revenue in an attempt to balance their large budget deficit on Thursday which helped spark the protests. They included a tax of 20 cents per day for calls made through the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), such as WhatsApp and Facebook calls. The proposal was later withdrawn.