Lebanon: Anti-govt demonstrators protest in Beirut as Lebanese Pound plummets

Protesters marched in the streets of Beirut on Friday to rally against the current Lebanese government. Crowds of citizens were seen gathering in a square in the city centre before lighting a fire late in the night. In recent weeks, the Lebanese pound plummeted despite a new pricing system, losing over 60% of its value since protests began in October 2019. Protests against allegations of government corruption broke out last year, as Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with soaring unemployment and the ongoing currency crisis that rapidly depleted the value of the local currency. The lockdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has added further pressure on the struggling Lebanese economy, prompting a new wave of protests despite social distancing restrictions.
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