BEIRUT – Lebanese protesters blocked key roads with flaming barricades in rage over the country’s political paralysis and deep economic crisis on Monday, after its currency hit record lows on the black market.
The country is grappling with its worst economic crisis in decades, made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
Prices have skyrocketed and more more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, but divided politicians more more than six months could not form a cabinet.
Black smoke billowed from overturned trash cans and tires set on fire by protesters at various entrances to Beirut early in the morning.
“We closed all the roads today to tell everyone: it’s over, we have nothing more to lose,” said Pascale Nohra, a protester blocking the north road to Beirut. “We have even lost our dignity.”
She said it was time to revive the cross-sectoral mass protests at the end of 2019 against a entrenched political class, which has dominated the country since the 1975-1990 civil war.
“We want everyone to show solidarity,” said the former agent immovable. “We must return to the streets and restart our revolution.”
Another protester, Anthony Doueihi, said: “The people, this country is dying, collapsing.
“If we don’t come out now, these corrupt barons will continue to rule us for another thirty years.”
Similar protests took place in the northern port city of Tripoli on Monday.
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