Lebanon decision to drop WhatsApp tax fails to stem street protests

Two killed by fire as government decision to rescind new tax fails to appease protesters’ fury over austerity and decay

By MEE and agencies

Protests in Lebanon have stretched into a second day over an economic crisis (AFP)

Protesters across Lebanon on Friday blocked roads with burning tyres and marched in the capital Beirut for a second day of demonstrations targeting the government over a deepening economic crisis.

Lebanon’s largest protests in recent years have persisted even after the government cancelled a decision late on Thursday to impose new taxes on calls on applications such as WhatsApp, in an attempt to appease the thousands of demonstrators who gathered outside the government headquarters in Beirut.

“We are not here over the WhatsApp, we are here over everything: over fuel, food, bread, over everything,” a protester in Beirut who gave his name as Abdullah told the Reuters news agency on Thursday.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.