Lebanon: Tripoli residents go on strike to protest living conditions

Tripoli is witnessing a number of major roads cut and the closure of large-scale shops in the city, on Monday, as merchants and other residents declared a strike in protest of the deteriorating economic and living conditions, the collapse of the Lebanese pound, and unemployment. A resident deplored the situation, saying «nobody has the ability to buy bread anymore, people are crowding into bakeries. We have no sugar at home, no milk, no food, we no longer have anything.» She added that «the gates of immigration» should be open for Lebanese people. «If they don't want to, they should open the gates to the sea. There are two options, either they leave or we will leave,» she added. Another local criticised the political situation, saying that «there are no good deputies from Tripoli.» Several demonstrations against allegations of government corruption broke out last year across the country as Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis in decades. The COVID-19 crisis has added further pressure on the struggling Lebanese economy, prompting a new wave of protests despite social distancing restrictions.

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