Lebanese protesters converge on downtown Beirut for a fourth day of demonstrations against tax increases and official corruption. Photo: AFP

Lebanon’s biggest cities come to a standstill as hundreds of thousands protest against government

  • The streets of Beirut and other cities have filled with protesters for a fourth day
  • The protests started in response to a proposed tax on calls via WhatsApp and other messaging services
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Lebanese protesters converge on downtown Beirut for a fourth day of demonstrations against tax increases and official corruption. Photo: AFP
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A Lebanese demonstrator stands in front of a tyre fire during a protest in southern Lebanon on Friday. Photo: AFP

Protests sweep Lebanon as fury at ‘totally corrupt’ ruling elite grows

  • Thousands march in streets, burning tyres and blocking roads as they demand that leaders step down
  • Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri blames political rivals, gives government 72-hour deadline to stop blocking his reforms
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A Lebanese demonstrator stands in front of a tyre fire during a protest in southern Lebanon on Friday. Photo: AFP
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