- Title: Lebanon paralysed for seventh day, army opens some roads
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: JAL EL DIB, LEBANON (OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) LEBANESE ARMY CONFRONTING PROTESTERS IN AN ATTEMPT BY SOLDIERS TO OPEN A BLOCKED MAIN ROAD LEBANESE ARMY PUSHING PROTESTERS AWAY CROWDS OF PROTESTERS AND SOLDIERS FACING EACH OTHER, PROTESTERS CHANTING VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS MOVING PROTESTERS ON PROTESTERS ARGUING WITH SOLDIERS SCUFFLES BREAKING OUT BETWEEN SOLDIERS AND PROTESTERS SOLDIERS REMOVING PROTESTERS' TENTS AND ATTACHED CHAIRS WHICH WERE BLOCKING MAIN HIGHWAY VARIOUS OF ALTERCATIONS ONGOING AND SOLDIERS HOLDING BACK PROTESTERS AMBULANCE IN CROWD INJURED PERSON BEING PUT IN AMBULANCE SOLDIER PICKING UP ELDERLY WOMAN WRAPPED IN LEBANESE FLAG AND CARRYING HER AWAY FROM ALTERCATION MAN CARRYING CHILD IN CROWD OF PROTESTERS PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): ''Revolution.''
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 14:17
- Keywords: Lebanese army troops main roads blocked by demonstrators after economic reforms highway
- Location: JAL EL DIB, LEBANON
- City: JAL EL DIB, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2BKBWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Lebanese army troops scuffled with demonstrators on Wednesday (October 23) as they struggled to unblock main roads, after economic reforms proposed by the government failed to stem a historic wave protests against the political elite.
Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded the streets for nearly a week, furious at a political class they accuse of pushing the economy to the point of collapse. Banks were closed for a fifth working day. Schools remained shut. Many highways were impassable.
Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's government announced an emergency reform package on Monday, to try to defuse the anger of protesters demanding the government resigns and also to steer the heavily indebted state away from a looming financial crisis.
People have been blocking highways as part of the protests which have united Lebanese from across the sectarian spectrum.
A security source said the army's decision was still to refrain from using any force. The army would try to convince protesters peacefully to open some roads, and most remained blocked across the country on Wednesday, the source said.
(Production: Mohamed Azakir, Hassan Hankir, Ahmed el Kerdi, Yara Abi Nader)
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