With Lebanon in deadlock, protesters rally into the night

28 October 2019
2019-10-28 12:19

Protesters rallied into the night across Lebanon on Sunday pressing a historic wave of demonstrations against political leaders blamed for corruption and steering the country towards economic collapse. People from all sects and walks of life have flooded the streets for 11 days. With the crisis in its second week, there was no sign of moves by the government towards a compromise with protesters whose demands include its resignation.

Lebanon's banks will remain closed on Monday. They have been shut for eight working days out of safety concerns. Bankers and analysts also cited fears that depositors will try to take out their savings when banks reopen. The protests, ignited in part by a government plan to tax WhatsApp calls, have swept Lebanon at a time of deep economic crisis.

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