Lebanon: Beirut welcomes new decade with Martyr Square celebrations

Thousands of people gathered in Beirut's Martyr Square to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday. «Today at 12:00 end the first hundred years of the life of Lebanon, which was established in the year 1920. And we are laying down a new mentality and a new order for the next one hundred years for the benefit of future generations,» said attendee Ali. Lebanon was swept up in protests over economic... Еще stagnation and corruption. The trigger was a raft of new taxes, also targeting WhatsApp calls, designed to tackle the country's high public debt. On December 19 former education minister and university professor Hassan Diab was appointed for the role by the President Michel Aoun after being proposed by the Hezbollah movement. The move sparked more demonstrations as protesters doubt his credibility and commitment.

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