In Lebanon, demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday for the tenth day in a row. Police and soldiers have gone to central roads in the country to try to prevent roadblocks, while demonstrators are placing obstacles on the roads or physically stopping traffic.

The protests broke out when the government wanted to levy taxes on calls made via social media such as WhatsApp.

After this tax proposal was withdrawn, protests continued and tens of thousands of demonstrators focused on economic problems, the poor state of public services, and widespread corruption in Lebanon.

After five days of demonstrations, the Lebanese government launched a package of economic emergency measures in an attempt to appease the demonstrations. Yet the protests continue. Banks, schools and various companies have closed their doors.

Worn-out police and soldiers tried to open roads, which led to skirmishes between government forces and protesters blocking the road on a bridge in the largest Lebanese city of Beirut. In Beirut, crowds of people can be seen on the street playing nationalist music and carrying banners and Lebanese flags.


Lebanese people hold dance party as a protest against government plans

The government wants to halve the salaries of ministers

As part of the emergency economic measures, the Lebanese government wants, among other things, to halve the salaries of ministers and parliamentarians.

The government has also adopted the ambitious proposal to reduce the budget deficit to "almost zero" in 2020, representing 0.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

The government also wants to privatize the telecom sector and reform electricity companies. The state currently owns these electricity companies and they are controversial because not all Lebanese can be supplied with electricity. However, they cost around $ 2 billion annually (around $ 1.8 billion).


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