Nov. 1, 2019
Nov. 1, 2019 - Ongoing
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been rallying across Lebanon for days, raging against top leaders including the president and prime minister.
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The protests, triggered partly by a proposal for a $6 monthly fee for Whatsapp voicecalls, drew people from all religious and political backgrounds and were largely peaceful, although violence erupted in several areas. Many said they would remain on the streets until the government resigned.
Lebanon’s Cabinet has approved sweeping reforms that it hopes will appease the protesters, who are calling on Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government to resign, including the approval of the 2020 budget with a deficit of 0.6% with no new taxes.