Lebanon Protesters block major highways, seeking Government overhaul

Lebanon protesters have kept up their roadblocks across Lebanon on Thursday, as their protest movement demanding systemic political change entered its third week.  

Traffic came to a standstill on major highways, as protesters erected metal barricades.

“I don’t want to stand down,” said Tarek Madhoun, 38, who was blocking a road in central Beirut.

The protest movement has swelled into a popular drive to remove a political elite which has remained largely unchanged since a devastating civil war ended three decades ago.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Saad Hariri submitted resignation letter, after two-week-old lockdown, with some main roads briefly reopening.

Banks had been due to reopen on Friday but protesters stayed on the streets, keen to use one of the only forms of leverage they have to press their demands.

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“They thought our demands ended when the government resigned,” said Ghadi, 21, from central Beirut.

“But we still have many more demands… including a technocratic and independent government, a new electoral law and a new parliament.”

Embattled President Michel Aoun is due to deliver a speech at 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) marking the third anniversary of his election as head of state.

Source: AFP


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