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Lebanon protests over tax hikes

Protests were held across the country in Lebanon on 17 March 2017 against the rise in taxes. [Ali Kourani/Twitter]Protests were held across the country in Lebanon on 17 March 2017 against the rise in taxes. [Ali Kourani/Twitter]
Protests were held across the country in Lebanon on 17 March 2017 against the rise in taxes. [Ali Kourani/Twitter]

Anger flamed across Lebanon as lawmakers approved five new taxes on Wednesday, including increasing the VAT from 10 per cent to 11 per cent.

The tax increases come in the latest wave of austerity measures to offer public sector workers – including police officers and teachers – new salary packages.

Tax payers held protests across the country, angered by the measures and calling for the government to tackle corruption within the political system to fund development rather than increase excises.

Another large-scale protest is due to take place in Beirut tomorrow.

Some 6,000 people are expected to join the march which is organised by the Lebanese Communist Party.

The political group is calling on the government to “escalate social spending on health, education and development, wages and create jobs.” “We are protesting in rejection of unfair tax policies that pull money out of the pockets of the poor to finance waste and theft and corruption of power.”

 

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