A demonstrator was shot dead Tuesday night by a soldier during demonstrations in Lebanon. This happened during a new wave of demonstrations, following a call from President Michel Aoun to protesters to "go home." The relevant soldier has been arrested.
The victim is said to be a member of the political party of Walid Jumblatt. Jumblatt said earlier that a reshuffle of the Lebanese cabinet is needed, followed by new elections. Jumblatt visited the hospital where the victim was being treated and called on his supporters to remain calm.
The army believes that a soldier shot demonstrators in an attempt to drive them apart. They would have blocked a road in the city of Khaldeh. The relevant soldier has been arrested and the incident is being investigated.
New groups of protesters took to the streets after President Michel Aoun saw on television that the protesters had to go home because they were causing a catastrophe in Lebanon.
The banks, which were closed for two weeks in Lebanon, started a strike on Tuesday. Bank staff would not feel safe because of protesters and people who want to get money from their bills.
Demonstrations broke out due to taxes on calling via social media
The demonstrations broke out on October 17, when the government announced that it would charge social media calling such as WhatsApp.
After the withdrawal of this tax proposal, protests continued and the tens of thousands of demonstrators focused on the economic problems, the poor state of public facilities and the widespread corruption in Lebanon.
After five days of demonstrations, the Lebanese government came up with a package of economic emergency measures to satisfy the demonstrators. As part of the emergency economic measures, the Lebanese government promised to halve the salaries of ministers and parliamentarians.
The government also came up with the ambitious proposal to reduce the budget deficit to "almost zero" by 2020, representing 0.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
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The demonstrations continued after the announcement of the measures. At the end of October, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri announced that he would resign.