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