UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Demonstrators in Lebanon continued to block roads Monday for the 12th day in a row, boosting obstacles and parking amid major roads in the country to protest against living conditions and rampant corruption, demanding the departure of the political class.
Despite calls by political officials to open roads, protesters are keeping them cut off, especially the main north-south highway, to exert maximum pressure on political power.
And published on social networking sites on Sunday called on citizens to adopt a new method of cutting roads, parking in the middle of the roads, under the slogan “two cars.”
On Monday morning, major roads were blocked by hundreds of cars or groups of protesters sitting on the ground.
“If the corrupt ruling authority does not feel the country is paralyzed, we will not be able to influence them … and fulfill our demands,” Ali, 21, who was among a group of demonstrators blocking a major bridge in the capital, told AFP.
Lebanese security forces were expected to make a new attempt to open roads at a time when the country has been paralyzed, including the closure of schools, universities and banks, for more than ten days.
The army and security forces have tried in recent days to open a number of closed roads in different parts of the country, but the demonstrators resisted all efforts.
On Sunday, tens of thousands of Lebanese formed a human chain stretching from the north to the south of the country at a distance of 170 kilometers, in a move to symbolize the national unity devoted during the cross-sectarian demonstrations and regions.
The unprecedented social protests erupted years ago on 17 October, after the government approved a tax on Internet communications.
Although the government withdrew its decision in the face of street anger, the movement of protests against all components of the political class, which the protesters consider ineffective and corrupt in a country where the state was unable to meet basic needs such as water, electricity and health 30 years after the end of the civil war (1975-1990) ).
Lebanon’s ruling class consists mostly of leaders who were part of the country’s devastating civil war, most of which have been in power for nearly three decades. These leaders generally represent a particular sect or region.
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