Gulf gov’ts warn travelers over Lebanon protests

Published October 19, 2019, 6:51 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By the Associated Press

Arab Gulf nations are encouraging their citizens to leave Lebanon amid violent nationwide protests over the country’s worsening economic crisis.

Policemen stand behind barricades that were installed as extra security measures around the Lebanese government building, background, Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The blaze of protests was unleashed a day earlier when the government announced a slate of new proposed taxes, including a $6 monthly fee for using Whatsapp voice calls. The measures set a spark to long-smoldering anger against top leaders from the president and prime minister to the numerous factional figures many blame for decades of corruption and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar/MANILA BULLETIN)
Policemen stand behind barricades that were installed as extra security measures around the Lebanese government building, background, Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The blaze of protests was unleashed a day earlier when the government announced a slate of new proposed taxes, including a $6 monthly fee for using Whatsapp voice calls. The measures set a spark to long-smoldering anger against top leaders from the president and prime minister to the numerous factional figures many blame for decades of corruption and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar/MANILA BULLETIN)

The state-run Saudi Press Agency says Saudi Arabian nationals have been warned against travelling to Lebanon and those already there are being asked to take utmost caution. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain went a step further, calling on their citizens to leave amid the unrest.

Protests continued Saturday for a third day. Thousands of protesters have been rallying across the country, closing major roads over proposed taxes by the government. They’ve been railing against top leaders including the president, prime minister and parliament speaker, whom they blame for decades of corruption, and calling for the government’s resignation.

 
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