- Title: One week in, protesters in Lebanon say they will stay on the streets
- Date: 24th October 2019
- Summary: PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): 'THE PEOPLE WANTS TO TOPPLE THE REGIME' SECURITY MEMBERS NEAR PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF PROTESTER WAVING LEBANESE FLAG / GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE PROTESTER, MOHAMMED KLEIT, SAYING: "It's enough how much taxes we have been paying for 30 years without having any services from all the successive government. Now, they want to add more taxes and fees, the people's economical situation does not stand anymore, we are doing some kind of civil disobedience by blocking roads and protesting across Lebanon." MORE OF PROTESTERS GATHERING PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER READING (Arabic): 'WE ARE THE GROUP OF DEAF AND DUMB, WE NEED A LAW TO HELP AND PROTECT US. PRIORITY IS ALWAYS FOR THOSE WHO LISTEN AND TALK, AND WE DON'T HAVE RIGHTS. #WE WANT OUR RIGHTS AND A STATE THAT PROTECT US' VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERING IN MARTYRS' SQUARE IN CENTRAL BEIRUT
- Embargoed: 7th November 2019 19:53
- Keywords: Lebanon protests anti-government night Beirut Sidon South Lebanon
- Location: BEIRUT, SIDON AND HASBAYA, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT, SIDON AND HASBAYA, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA003B2GKPXJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Lebanese protesters took to the streets again on Thursday (October 24), after a week of protests, and say they are not planning to leave until their demands are met.
The protests, expressing outrage with an establishment seen as corrupt, have buffeted Lebanon since last week despite reforms meant to appease discontent and reassure Western donors that have pledged badly needed aid but not yet disbursed it.
The protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful and the army has struggled to prevent persistent demonstrators from blocking roadways.
The country's banking association said banks would remain closed Friday (October 25) due to safety concerns, and would open as soon as the situation stabilises, with operations limited to paying out customer and employee salaries via ATMs.
(Production: Alaa Kanaan, Issam Abdallah, Ahmad El Kerdi, Hassan Hankir, Karamallah Daher, Yara Abi Nader)
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