The Lebanese Army Used Tear Gas Against Demonstrators In Tripoli
Hundreds of people took to the square in the center of the city after the curfew came into force, demanding to stop the rise in prices and the fall in the national currency, which has devalued by more than 80%.
Clashes between Lebanese army patrols and demonstrators took place on Friday in the city of Tripoli, 90 km North of Beirut. According to the Lubnan 24 news portal, soldiers used tear gas against protest activists who threw stones at them.
Hundreds of people took to Nour square in the center of the Northern capital of Lebanon after the curfew, which runs from seven in the evening to five in the morning, came into force. According to the portal, only a small number of participants had protective masks on their faces.
The demonstrators demanded that the government stop the rise in prices and the fall in the exchange rate of the national currency - the Lebanese pound, which has devalued by more than 80%. "Living conditions are deteriorating against the background of a mandatory quarantine imposed by the authorities due to the threat of a coronavirus epidemic, more and more people are losing their jobs and going broke," an activist named Kerim said at the rally. He called on the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab to "take urgent measures to protect the social rights of citizens."
In early April, the government of Lebanon decided to provide a one-time allowance of $200 to families in need, given the growing discontent among the working classes about the socio-economic consequences of the regime of self-isolation.
On March 7, Diab's Cabinet declared a financial default and asked experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance in restructuring the national debt, which reached $92 billion (170% of GDP).
On Thursday, the Prime Minister of Lebanon in a televised address promised to develop an effective program of reforms to bring the country's economy out of the crisis.