Lebanon braces for third day of unrest as rage sweeps country

  • Sunday 20, October 2019 09:34 AM
  • Lebanon braces for third day of unrest as rage sweeps country
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Lebanon braced for a third day of unrest on Saturday after anti-government protests fuelled by rising fury over an economic crisis erupted across the country and descended into riots on the streets of Beirut.
Small groups of demonstrators gathered in central Beirut in an effort to keep the protests going, with storefronts of banks and upmarket retailers in the capital's commercial district smashed in and fires still smouldering from the night before.

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri gave his government partners a 72-hour deadline on Friday to agree on reforms that could ward off economic crisis, hinting he may otherwise resign.

The latest unrest erupted out of anger over the rising cost of living and new tax plans, including a fee on WhatsApp calls, which was quickly retracted after protests - the biggest in decades - broke out.