Lebanese protesters take to the streets of Beirut for eighth day

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Members of Lebanese security forces clash with protesters in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on June 13, 2020. Clashes between the Lebanese army and protesters in Tripoli's demonstrations on Saturday led to the injury of 20 people including four army members. (Photo by Khalid/Xinhua)
Members of Lebanese security forces clash with protesters in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on June 13, 2020. Clashes between the Lebanese army and protesters in Tripoli's demonstrations on Saturday led to the injury of 20 people including four army members. (Photo by Khalid/Xinhua)

dpa/GNA – Lebanese protesters blocked roads once again across the capital Beirut on Tuesday, shortly after security forces re-opened major streets earlier in the day.

The protesters are exerting pressure on rival political factions, to find a quick solution to the country’s economic and political woes.

Over the past eight days, protesters have expressed anger at the spiralling economic and currency crisis, as well as the failure of political leaders to form a government after months of deadlock.
The Lebanese pound has lost more than 80 percent of its value since 2019.

“We demand the removal of Lebanon’s entire current political class,” said one protester.

“They are simply useless thieves and corrupt,” another said.

Prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, who was named in October, has failed to reach an agreement with the Hezbollah-backed President Michel Aoun on a government made of experts to tackle the worsening economic situation, which led many Lebanese into poverty.

Economic woes have been aggravated due to the coronavirus pandemic and the August 4 Beirut port explosion, which killed more than 193 people, wounded 6,000 and displaced some 300,000 people.

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