Lebanon protesters vow to stay on streets despite reforms

  • Wednesday 23, October 2019 06:33 AM
  • Lebanon protesters vow to stay on streets despite reforms
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Anti-government protesters across Lebanon vowed to stay on the streets on Tuesday (October 22) in an unprecedented show of dissent against its ruling elite and despite the announcement of economic reforms.
Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded the streets since Thursday, furious at a political class they accuse of pushing the economy to the point of collapse.

Aiming to defuse anger, the government led by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced a set of measures on Monday (October 21) including long-delayed reforms he said aimed to fight corruption and waste.

But the moves did not go far enough to persuade demonstrators to leave the streets or investors to halt a plunge in its bonds.

Banks and schools remained shut on Tuesday. Early in the morning, the number of protesters in central Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli appeared smaller than on previous days.

Security forces are trying to persuade protesters to reopen roads across Lebanon through peaceful means but will not use force if they refuse, a security source said on Tuesday.