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Protests over economy, corruption target Lebanon's elite, 18 Oct
In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who leads a national unity government that includes rival Hezbollah, blamed his political opponents for blocking reforms to resolve the economic crisis. He issued a 72-hour deadline for them to cooperate, hinting that otherwise he may resign.

The boiling public anger has crossed sectarian and political lines, targeting top leaders including the president, prime minister and parliament speaker, whom protesters blame for years of corruption and economic mismanagement. No political leader, Muslim or Christian, has been spared the protesters' outrage. [...]
Lebanon's economy is in freefall and has one of the highest debt loads in the world. Garbage piles up in the streets, power cuts are common, services are lacking and employers are unable to pay employees.

"Nothing works here. We have neither enough electricity nor enough jobs. They want a 15% tax from my already low salary," one protester who did not want to be named told DW. "They should increase the taxes of the rich in this country."

Lebanon reverses plans to tax WhatsApp calls, 18 Oct
"We are not here over the WhatsApp, we are here over everything: over fuel, food, bread, over everything," said a protester in Beirut who gave his name as Abdullah.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 02:17:53 AM EST
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