Protesters enter Lebanese ministry as crisis deepens

A group of demonstrators have stormed a ministry building in Beirut as the Lebanese pound reached new levels amid a worsening economic and political deadlock.

BEIRUT – A small group of demonstrators vandalized a ministry building in Beirut early Friday and removed a picture of the president from one of its main rooms, as the Lebanese pound hit new lows amid a worsening economic and political standoff. hit.

About a dozen protesters who entered the social affairs ministry said the situation in the beleaguered country had become unbearable as a result of the rapid economic collapse and the ongoing crash of the pound, which has reached US$25,100. The previous record was 25,000.

The protesters have blamed the ministry for the slowdown in issuance of ration cards which are supposed to provide monthly financial assistance to poor families.

Protesters broke into the ministry’s meeting room and turned a framed photo of President Michel Aoun upside down before removing it. He replaced it in Arabic with a banner that read “Revolutionaries of October 17th.”

The protesters were referring to the nationwide protests that began on October 17, 2019, against the ruling class of the country. He is blamed for decades of corruption and mismanagement that plunged the small nation into the worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history.

“Those who stole public money can’t reform,” a protester shouted before leaving the building after police intervened. “We have hit rock bottom. Things couldn’t get worse.”

The crisis is made worse by the coronavirus and on August 4, 2020, a port explosion that killed 216 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed part of the capital.

In other parts of the country, protesters put up posters reading “Mafia Destroying the Lebanese Pound” outside some branches of local banks.

For the past two years, local lenders have imposed informal capital controls that prevent many people from accessing their savings.


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