Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Saturday to protest against the government. It is the first mass protest since the corona measures in the country have eased.
The protests were unsettled: images show that the security services used tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters, who threw stones at the officers. Small fires were also set up here and there were destruction.
The unrest in Lebanon is flaring up again as the economic crisis in the country has reached new lows in recent months. Lebanon can no longer bear the public debt and is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financial injection to get the country's economy back on track.
The country has been suffering from a severe economic crisis for some time. The first massive demonstrations against the government started in October last year. The protesters focused mainly on the economic problems, the poor state of public services and the widespread corruption in the country.
The protests eventually caused former Prime Minister Hariri to resign on October 29. Hassan Diab was appointed as Prime Minister in December 2019. In late January, Diab formed a government in accordance with the Shiite movement Hezbollah and its allies.