“Night Of The Molotov”: Banks Are Burning Across Lebanon

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“Night Of The Molotov”: Banks Are Burning Across Lebanon

After a brief slowdown caused by the pandemic, the nationwide protests in Lebanon has resumed. They have also turned more violent.

According to Al Jazeera’s report, on April 28th hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets from Beirut to southern Sidon through to with Nabatieh, as well as the Bekaa Valley, Tripoli and Akkar in the north.

They are protecting the crippling decline of the Lebanese economy and the depreciation of the national currency. The prices in the country are currently so high that people are unable to afford essential products including food.

In Tripoli and Sidon, the protesters began to throw Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs, setting dozens of banks ablaze. The targets included the branch of Banque de Libon, the nation’s central bank.

At least one protester, 26-year-old Fouaz al-Semaan died after being allegedly shot by the military that clashed with the Tripoli crowd. The army officials did not claim any responsibility but expressed their “regret” over the young man’s death and say that they have launched an investigation.

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