- Title: Lebanon protests swelling with anger and frusration
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: BANNER READING (Arabic): 'TO BRING DOWN THE THIEF OF CENTRAL BANK' WITH PHOTO OF CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR RIAD SALAMEH
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 15:12
- Keywords: economy South Lebanon protests Tripoli Tyre politics Lebanon North Lebanon Nabatieh
- Location: TYRE, TRIPOLI AND NABATIEH, LEBANON
- City: TYRE, TRIPOLI AND NABATIEH, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA004B1WI1JB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Protesters in Lebanon flooded the streets on Sunday (October 20), keeping pressure on Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri as a self-imposed deadline to deliver a package of badly needed reforms for the country's crumbling economy drew near.
Anti-government protests that have swept the country since Thursday (October 17) have pulled together all segments of Lebanese society in an unusually unified call for the downfall of a political elite that protesters blame for plunging the economy into crisis.
On Sunday, demonstrators clogged streets across the country for a fourth day with marches resembling outdoor festivals. Loudspeakers blared nationalistic music as energised protesters chanted calls for the government's fall.
Hariri, who is leading a coalition government mired by sectarian and political rivalries, gave his feuding partners a 72-hour deadline on Friday (October 18) to agree to reforms that could ward off economic crisis, hinting he may otherwise resign. He accused his rivals of obstructing budget measures that could unlock $11 billion in Western donor pledges and help avert economic collapse.
(Production: Hassan Hankir, Karamallah Daher, Aziz Taher, Alaa Kanaan, Yara Abi Nader, Chiara Rodriquez)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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