Another night of protests took place in Tripoli, Lebanon, due to the restrictions imposed by the government to curb the contagion from Covid-19. Violent protests are taking place in the town which resulted in the killing of two Protesters. According to our latest report, there are over 300 injured and two victims.
During the protests, the Tripoli Municipality Headquarters were set on fire.
The demonstrators protested because of Covid-19 restrictions that are creating serious consequences for the crisis economic however, already serious in the country. Poverty has increased, as has the tension towards local politics. The mayor of Tripoli, Riad Yamaq, spoke of what is happening in the Lebanese town: “It is a cowardly act, which goes against the principles of anti-government mobilization”.
🔴 🇱🇧 Las protestas en Líbano están totalmente FUERA DE CONTROL.
Anoche, los manifestantes anti medidas de confinamiento, quemaron todo lo que pillaron a su paso, incluido este edifico de Trípoli. pic.twitter.com/AdBGkf4LLZ
— La Última Trinchera (@thelasttrench) January 29, 2021
Numerous people gathered near the homes of some of Tripoli’s best-known politicians. The waste is on fire and numerous video surveillance systems are damaged. “We must arrest these criminals – commented the mayor Yamaq – to be held responsible for what they have committed”. In the meantime, an investigation has been officially requested to shed light on the violence.
Lebanon has been under national lockdown for about three weeks, with a 24-hour curfew imposed by the government that will last until February 8th. Even before Covid-19, the Lebanese economy was on the verge of collapse and the pandemic delivered the final blow: the local currency lost 80% of its value and inflation and unemployment soared, plunging into misery tens of thousands of people.
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