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Lebanon: Second anniv of “October 17” protests marked with lighting of torch structure in Beirut

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Dozens of protesters rallied in Beirut on the second anniversary of the ‘October 17 revolution’ on Sunday.
As part of the protest, a commemorative torch structure was lit up.
“We demand that all Lebanese, of all sects, be in one hand in order to get rid of corruption, as we want to restore the country, and build a state and a future for people on the principle of social justice,” said one of the protesters at the rally.
On 17 October 2019, the Lebanese cabinet announced a raft of taxes, targeting among others gasoline, tobacco and VoIP calls on applications such as WhatsApp, designed to tackle the country’s high public debt.
In response, the country was swept by cross-sectarian protests over economic stagnation and widespread corruption, which led to the resignation of then-prime minister Saad Hariri.
Lebanon has since faced a number of hurdles since, including the deadly Beirut Blast, with mounting pressure on a struggling economy and plummeting currency, prompting a new wave of violent protests which forced the government of prime minister Hassan Diab to resign.
In recent developments, Lebanon is experiencing a fuel crisis which has in turn placed pressure on the country’s power grid.
Political tensions have also been mounting, on Thursday, at least six people were killed and dozens of others wounded when heavy gunfire erupted as Shi’ite Amal Movement and Hezbollah supporters gathered to protest against the judge investigating the 2020 Beirut Blast.
The gunfire marks the worst civil violence in Lebanon’s capital since 2008, highlighting a deepening crisis over the probe into the catastrophic August 2020 port explosion.


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