Massive protests in southern Lebanese city
Beirut, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) The southern city of Sidon remains blocked on Sunday by a massive protest against the decision of the Lebanese government to extend until February 8 a full quarantine throughout the country to stop the Covid-19.
The High Defense Council ordered a total confinement of the country including a 24-hour curfew, in an attempt to halt an unprecedented surge of Covid-19.
Aimed at giving respite to the overwhelmed health sector, the measure does not seem to be yielding the expected results, as positives continue to rise and so does the death toll.
Thousands marched through the streets to central locations, including Revolution Square and the municipal palace, to express their rejection of the measure adopted by the High Defense Council.
Activist Suheil al-Sous expressed that citizens are starving, state corruption is notorious, the value of the dollar has gone up, prices are unpayable and so are basic commodities.
There is no reason to stop the country, if there is no support for the most vulnerable and those who live on a daily wage, she said.
The National News Agency reported that locals blocked the Tripoli-Minieh road in northern Lebanon with the same demands as their colleagues in the southern city.
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