The Lebanese army is amassing forces to disperse demonstrators in downtown Beirut
The Lebanese army arrived at the Central square of Riyadh-es-Solh to disperse demonstrators who had set fire to tires and blocked entrances to the square, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.
Between the military and demonstrators clashed after a group of people tried to approach the government building. The demonstrators began to throw aside the custody order stones and firecrackers. The military responded with tear gas.
After the retreat of the demonstrators, the military left the area of Riyadh as-Sulh. Now the area is again missing the guards and the demonstrators returned to the place of picket.
Unrest continues in different parts of Beirut. Protesters block the roads in some areas, attempts to break Windows of Bank branches. Lebanese media reported that the blocking of roads and attacks on banks can be seen in other major cities of Lebanon.
Riots resumed in Beirut amid reports of a sharp drop in the national currency. Prime Minister Hassan Diyab against the backdrop of unrest declared emergency meeting of the government on Friday morning to discuss the financial situation.
The Lebanese pound started to fall against the dollar since October 2019. For 30 years the country has maintained a rate of 1,5 thousand for a dollar. But amid a worsening economic crisis, the rate on the black market rose to 4 thousand, which in turn drastically lowered the purchasing power of citizens has increased and the number of unemployed. Lebanese banks, in turn, continue to keep the official rate at level of 1.5 thousand, while limiting or completely ceasing the issuance of dollars to investors and prohibiting the transfer of any funds abroad.
The unrest began in Lebanon 17 Oct 2019. Then hundreds of thousands of people across the country staged anti-government demonstrations with the requirement to conduct efficient economic reforms, to prosecute politicians involved in corruption and return stolen from the state budget funds. In November, against the backdrop of unrest, he resigned the government of Saad Hariri.
In late January, the President approved a Cabinet of Ministers headed Debom, but the mass demonstrations in the country have not stopped. The streets of the Lebanese cities subsided only with the advent of the threat of the spread of coronavirus and the introduction of the regime in the country "civil mobilization". However, in April in Tripoli, Beirut and Saida, the people again came to the demonstration, which escalated into mass riots with arson of banks and clashes with the army and police. The population has partially calmed down after the announcement by the government DeBa on the adopted anti-crisis plan to stabilize the economy in the country.