People in Lebanon Take to the Streets as Currency Hits a New Low

World | Associated Press | June 13, 2020, 10:54 am
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 Hundreds of Lebanese poured into the streets to protest the tumbling of the national currency to a new low against the dollar, blocking roads and highways in several places across the small country that had started slowly opening up after months of coronavirus restrictions. In Beirut and other cities, protesters burned tires and wood and chanted against government officials to protest the economic crisis while waving the Lebanese flags. Shortly after midnight, growing numbers of protesters advanced in central Beirut pelting police and soldiers with rocks, while drawing volleys of tear gas. Some protesters threw stones at offices of private banks in an expression of anger at their perceived role in deepening their economic malaise.<br /><br />An anti-government protester holds a placard in Arabic that reads
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Hundreds of Lebanese poured into the streets to protest the tumbling of the national currency to a new low against the dollar, blocking roads and highways in several places across the small country that had started slowly opening up after months of coronavirus restrictions. In Beirut and other cities, protesters burned tires and wood and chanted against government officials to protest the economic crisis while waving the Lebanese flags. Shortly after midnight, growing numbers of protesters advanced in central Beirut pelting police and soldiers with rocks, while drawing volleys of tear gas. Some protesters threw stones at offices of private banks in an expression of anger at their perceived role in deepening their economic malaise.

An anti-government protester holds a placard in Arabic that reads "Soon $ 1 = 10000 Lebanese pounds, if you are not happy, immigrate," during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Lebanese army soldiers cover themselves as they step back after the anti-government protesters storm them with stones, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Lebanese army soldiers cover themselves as they step back after the anti-government protesters storm them with stones, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters shout slogans, as they ride their scooters during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters shout slogans, as they ride their scooters during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Riot police advance to push back anti-government protesters from a square near the government house, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Riot police advance to push back anti-government protesters from a square near the government house, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 An anti-government protester flashes the victory sign as others burn wood to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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An anti-government protester flashes the victory sign as others burn wood to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 An anti-government protester chants slogans as others burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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An anti-government protester chants slogans as others burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters flash the victory sign as they block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters flash the victory sign as they block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 An anti-government protester chants slogans as she holds up a Lebanese flag joining others to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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An anti-government protester chants slogans as she holds up a Lebanese flag joining others to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters burn barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters burn barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters carry placards in Arabic that read,
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Anti-government protesters carry placards in Arabic that read, "What are you waiting for, 1$ = 7000 Lebanese pounds," as others block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 An anti-government protester chants slogans as others burn wood and barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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An anti-government protester chants slogans as others burn wood and barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they burn barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters chant slogans as they burn barriers to block a road during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Police use their water cannon to extinguish a shop that was set on fire by protesters during an anti-government protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Police use their water cannon to extinguish a shop that was set on fire by protesters during an anti-government protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters ride their scooters as they arrive at a square near the government palace, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters ride their scooters as they arrive at a square near the government palace, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters burn tires and woods during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 An anti-government protester shouts slogans next to burning tires and woods, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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An anti-government protester shouts slogans next to burning tires and woods, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Anti-government protesters shout slogans as they block a highway with burning tires and wood, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Anti-government protesters shout slogans as they block a highway with burning tires and wood, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Smoke from tear gas rises behind an anti-government protester who flashes a victory sign, as he sits on the top of a concrete wall that was installed by security forces to prevent the protesters from reaching the government palace, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Smoke from tear gas rises behind an anti-government protester who flashes a victory sign, as he sits on the top of a concrete wall that was installed by security forces to prevent the protesters from reaching the government palace, during a protest against the political leadership they blame for the economic and financial crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 A police officer directs a water cannon to extinguish a shop that was set on fire by protesters during an anti-government protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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A police officer directs a water cannon to extinguish a shop that was set on fire by protesters during an anti-government protest in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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 Workers remove the broken glass of a window shop that was damaged by protesters during an anti-government rally in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)
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Workers remove the broken glass of a window shop that was damaged by protesters during an anti-government rally in Beirut, Lebanon. (Image: AP)

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