BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri ordered Wednesday security forces to ease access to Nijmeh Square, re-establishing pedestrian access to the area after years of restrictions following mass protests in Downtown Beirut.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Berri ordered the removal of barricades, barbed wires and cement blocks surrounding Lebanon's Parliament in an effort to "assist business owners, restaurants, hotels, and offices in resuming their work."
The decision comes days after the square witnessed one of the largest gatherings on New Year's Eve.
In the midst of the YouStink protests that came about as a result of the government's failure to manage the country's waste crisis, Lebanon's Parliament blocked all access to the square, a development which severely hurt the country's once leading tourist destination.
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