Lebanon: Protests persist as thousands join 'Sunday of Unity' march in Beirut

Thousands of people joined a 'Sunday of Unity' — also known as 'Sunday of Pressure' — to march through the Lebanese capital of Beirut to mark day 18 of the nationwide anti-government protests. The demonstrators flooded Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square and Martyrs' Square, waving Lebanese flags. One of the protesters addressed Lebanese President Michel Aoun's supporters who rallied outside the... Еще presidential palace in Baabda, saying, «I want to ask those who demonstrated in Baabda today, 'Do you have money? Can they get fuel, medicine, water and electricity 24/7?'» «Since the first day, nothing has changed,» stressed the protester. Another demonstrator said, «We came from Tripoli to Martyrs' Square to show solidarity for the 'all of them means all of them' [movement],» adding that «we are not here only for the resignation of the government but [for the resignation of] other officials too.» Over the last weeks, Lebanon has been gripped by mass protests, which are believed to be the country's largest since 2015, as protesters took to the streets to voice their discontent with deteriorating living conditions, austerity measures, capital flight and the rise of the deficit and public debt.

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