Protesters in Lebanon reject government reform promises and insisted on Tuesday they will stay in the streets for a sixth day even after the government approved an unprecedented package of economic reforms.
The protesters have declared a general strike, sending a clear signal that they reject the measures Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government agreed upon on Monday.
“We just want to say that Beirut’s Downtown remains closed,” one protester said as he blocked one street leading to the capital’s center.
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Many roads in Beirut and across the country were blocked with burning tires, others with overturned trash bins, dirt or protesters themselves.
Protesters remained in the street Monday and Tuesday and continued calls for the government to resign and political leaders to give up power.
Protests in solidarity with the Lebanese people have risen from Canada and the US, passing by Europe and now reaching Australia, with countless cities witnessing the strong will of the Lebanese people to live with dignity, they are writing their new history.
Lebanese in Australia are holding one protest in Melbourne and two consecutive protests in Sydney, stating as such an even stronger solidarity with their brothers, sisters, cousins, and parents in Lebanon.