RIOTS erupted in Lebanon’s second-largest city Wednesday night following the death of a protester with Banks torched and the Army on the streets.
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Protesters took to the streets of Tripoli after a protester named as Fouaz al-Semaan died from injuries sustained during a protest over the dire economic situation in Lebanon – it is not known if the protester was killed by Lebanon forces.
The chaos started on Monday over the nations deteriorating socio-economic situation and the depreciation of the national currency, which has fueled the frustration of protesters in Lebanon, who blame the current and previous government for the state of the country.
Footage showed hundreds of protesters gathering outside banks were they proceeded to break the windows and set fires.
Lebanese army personnel can also be seen patrolling the streets of the city after the riots. “There were live bullets fired by the army. Which led to the martyrdom of one of the most prominent youths of the revolution in the ‘Light of Day’ yesterday.
This led to the sabotage of the banks,” explained a protester at the scene. Protests in the country broke out in October against government corruption, as Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with soaring unemployment and the local currency losing value against the dollar.
The lockdown imposed to battle the spread of coronavirus has further aggravated the fledgeling Lebanese economy, prompting fresh protests.
Protests broke out in October against government corruption, as Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with soaring unemployment and the local currency losing value against the dollar. The lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak has piled further pressure on the struggling Lebanese economy, prompting fresh protests.
Additional Reporting courtesy of our partners at RUPTLY.