Day 2-LIVE: Protests grip Lebanon, government in disarray

Protests have engulfed Lebanon and its capital Beirut as demonstrators demand for the government's resignation
by Georgi Azar

18 October 2019 | 13:38

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 18 October 2019 | 13:38

A demonstrator is pictured in front of burning tires in Downtown Beirut on Friday, October 18, 2019 (Annahar)

Protests engulf Lebanon and its capital Beirut as demonstrators demand for the government's resignation 

LIVE: Protests grip Lebanon, government in disarray

A massive group of demonstrators has gathered in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace in Baabda, vowing to march towards it peacefully

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri asks for a 72h deadline for “all parties involved to demonstrate commitment in putting forth palpable solutions”

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri: Lebanon is facing a lot of problems, the electricity sector and the public sector wage hike contribute massively to the budget deficit

Former Tripoli MP Mosbah Adhab’s convoy has fired to disperse a group of protesters in Tripoli, with a number of injuries reported 

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s speech has been postponed till 6h30pm

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil calls on citizens to show restraint in order to avoid a “collapse“

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil maintains that no budget can be passed without proper reforms and that no new taxes will be passed 

Foreign Minister and Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil suggests that “hidden forces are attempting to bring President Michel Aoun’s term to an end”

A protest has erupted inside of Zahle prison, sources say. No prisoners have escaped

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea calls on his supporters to join the protests, "free of partisan banners or slogans while adhering to civility" 

The American embassy in Beirut issues its second warning in as many days, warning its citizens to avoid large gatherings 

Prime Minister Saad Hariri will address the nation at 6pm

Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to address the nation sometime today

Protestors call for a massive demonstration starting at 4pm in Riad al Solh Square in Downtown Beirut 

Demonstrators call for the government to step down after it failed to address a weakening economy 

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