- Title: Schools, banks, shops still closed in Lebanon
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) STUDENT, MALEK HASSAN, SAYING: "Our school encouraged us to come down to streets because they are teaching us as part of the curriculum about how to love the country, how to defend it. The school supported us and helped us to defend our rights in the streets." SCHOOL STUDENTS PROTESTING TEACHER PAINTING FACE OF STUDENT VARIOUS OF STUDENTS PROTESTING / CHANTING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE CITIZEN, AHMAD SOUSEN, SAYING: "Banks and schools should remain closed until this problem is resolved, because no leader has helped the country, but they (leaders) have disintegrated the country." CLOSED BANK BRANCH GATES OF SCHOOL CLOSED EMPTY STREET WITH SHOPS CLOSED
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 14:29
- Keywords: Lebanon protests Lebanon protests schools shut roads blocked
- Location: BEIRUT AND SIDON, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT AND SIDON, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA003B2BK1MV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Flag-waving protesters in Lebanon kept roads blocked with vehicles and makeshift barricades on Wednesday (October 23) while banks and schools remained shut.
Teachers encouraged students to join street protests, saying that they were teaching children how to protect their country and how to be leaders.
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.
Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's government announced an emergency reform package on Monday (October 21), 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.
Banks in Lebanon will remain closed on Thursday (October 24), the banking association said, as unprecedented protests gripped the country despite the government announcing emergency reforms.
(Production: Alaa Kanaan, Hassan Hankir, Yara Abi Nader, Louisa Naks)
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