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Hundreds protest poor economic conditions in Lebanon

March 28, 2021 at 5:12 pm

A protest against the living conditions in Beirut, Lebanon on 20 March 2021 [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency]

Hundreds of Lebanese demonstrated in the capital Beirut on Sunday over deteriorating economic and living conditions in the country, Anadolu Agency reported.

The protest was organised by the Lebanese Communist Party with demonstrators carrying banners demanding housing services, education and healthcare services.

“This country belongs to the working class” and “End capitalism” were among slogans changed by protesters.

The party was founded in the 1920s and has always been in opposition to successive authorities ruling the country. It has never won a parliamentary seat since its inception.

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The demonstrators rallied in front of the Central Bank and marched to the Government Palace amid tight security measures.

Addressing the demonstrators, party secretary-general Hanna Gharib called for “building a secular and democratic state, and building a national coalition alternative to the current political system.”

“We went to the streets to hold accountable those responsible for the economic collapse,” Gharib said, adding that “whoever failed to manage the country must go.”

Protests have escalated in Lebanon in recent weeks amid worsening political crisis and deteriorating economic conditions, the worst since the end of the civil war in 1990.

The latest economic fallout comes amid the continued failure to form a new government since Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s Cabinet resigned six days after a catastrophic explosion rocked Beirut’s port last August, killing over 200 people.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri was designated to form a new government but is still at odds with President Michel Aoun over matters related to it.

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