Hundreds of demonstrators marked Labour Day by taking to the streets of Beirut, in a move to protest the economic deterioration of the country, where little adherence to social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic was observed.
Footage filmed in central Beirut on Friday shows protesters chanting slogans, waving Lebanese flags and dancing, as well as a motorcade joining in the... Еще demonstrators. Several protesters could also be spotted kicking the blinds of shuttered banks.
«Corona, poverty, hunger, the unemployment exceeded 60 percent. The Lebanese people no longer care about anything,» said Firas Abu-mjahed, one of the demonstrators.
«There is nothing to lose, there is no money, there is no health, if we don't die because of coronavirus, we will die because of this authority. A worker without work, we no longer have money or anything. What can we do? Death is better,» he added.
Protests against government corruption broke out in October, as Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis in decades, with soaring unemployment and the Lebanese pound plummeting in value against the dollar. The lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak has added further pressure on the struggling Lebanese economy, prompting a new wave of protests despite social distancing restrictions.