AMMAN - Lebanese have taken to the streets again, both in cars and on foot, to protest the country’s deteriorating economic situation, despite a lockdown and curfew imposed because of the coronavirus. The demonstrators say they’re forced to choose between dying of hunger or disease. Analysts predict a “full-fledged catastrophe” as huge pressure builds on the working- and middle classes and refugees who are the most vulnerable.
Warmer spring weather and job losses over the lockdown have brought angry Lebanese back to the streets in protests throughout the country. Some are blocking highways with burning tires.
An anti-government protester scuffles with Lebanese army soldiers in the town of Zouk Mosbeh, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday,…
Health Minister Hamad Hasan warned that the demonstrations posed “an imminent danger that will undermine all the achievements that have been made” in containing the pandemic. He urged protesters to be careful, keep a distance and wear masks, so they don’t “transfer the virus from the streets to their families, while expressing pain [felt by] every Lebanese citizen.”
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