Protesters invade Lebanon province as the crisis deepens


Beirut — A small group of protesters who broke into Beirut’s ministries early on Friday from one of the main rooms to the president as the Lebanese pound hit new lows amid worsening economic and political stalemate. I deleted the photo of.

Protesters who entered the Ministry of Social Affairs said the crisis in Lebanon was unbearable as a result of a rapid economic collapse and a continuous crash of the pound, which reached $ 25,100. The previous record was 25,000.

Prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks as the government lifted subsidies for fuel and some medicines, making them out of reach for many in Lebanon. About three-quarters of the population of 6 million, including 1 million Syrian refugees, are currently in poverty. Currently, the minimum monthly salary is worth about $ 27.

Protesters have accused the ministry of being late in issuing distribution cards that are supposed to give poor families monthly financial support.

Protesters broke into the ministry’s conference room, turned the framed photo of President Michel Aoun upside down, and then removed it. They replaced it with an Arabic banner that says “Revolutionary on October 17th.”

Protesters noted that a national protest against the ruling class of the country began in October 2019. They have been blamed for decades of corruption and mismanagement that plunged a small country into the worst economic and financial crisis in modern history.

“Anyone who abuses public money cannot reform,” exclaimed one of the protesters before leaving the building with police intervention. “We have bottomed out. Things will not get worse.”

The crisis was exacerbated by the coronavirus and the August 2020 explosion at Beirut, killing 216 people, injuring more than 6,000 and destroying part of the capital.

After 13 months of vacuum, the Cabinet, formed in September, has not met for more than six weeks in a deep division between rival groups over judges leading the harbor blast investigation. Comments by the Government Minister, who triggered a diplomatic line with oil-rich Gulf Arab countries, were added to the suffering.

In other parts of the country, protesters have placed posters outside some branches of local banks stating “The Mafia that destroyed the Lebanese pound,” according to the state-run national news agency.

For the past two years, local lenders have imposed informal capital restrictions that prevent many from accessing their savings.

Associated Press