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Roadblocks and sit-ins show discontent in Lebanon

Beirut, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Roadblocks and sit-ins in front of state institutions show the popular discontent in Lebanon as a result of worsening living conditions and political indifference.

The devaluation of the Lebanese pound at its lowest rate in history, the high cost of basic necessities, the shortage of electricity, water and medical services are currently dragging citizens to the demonstration in the absence of a government solution.

Residents of the city of Saida, in the south of the country, blocked the eastern highway in front of Shafiq Hariri’s village and in the vicinity of the city’s power company by setting garbage containers on fire in rejection of the deterioration of the economic crisis, reported the National News Agency.

The Army Command announced on Twitter that protesters pelted with stones and attacked with sticks a military patrol near the Palace of Justice in the capital while on duty.

The confrontation caused the injury of four soldiers, forcing the military to fire into the air to disperse and arrest several people.

This incident occurred in the context of renewed tension between citizens and law enforcement in front of the Justice roundabout in Beirut, during the sit-in in demand of the release of those arrested in connection with the Blom Bank assault last week.

Local reports noted the closure of the main road at the Benin-Abdah roundabout at the southern entrance of the Akkar Governorate in protest of the arrest of activists Abd al-Rahman Zakaria and Muhammad Rostom.


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