Lebanese army removes some roadblocks in nationwide protests

Published October 26, 2019, 4:05 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By the Associated Press

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s army has removed roadblocks set up by protesters at a critical juncture linking Beirut to the suburbs and the country’s east.

An anti-government protester holds up a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar / MANILA BULLETIN)
An anti-government protester holds up a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar / MANILA BULLETIN)

The removal of the roadblocks on Saturday comes on the tenth day of protests in which protesters have called for civil disobedience until the government steps down.

Soldiers removed chairs and tents set up in the middle of the intersection that links Beirut to the presidential palace, the mountain, the east and suburbs of Beirut. The protesters didn’t resist.

The removal also comes after the military warned that blocking roads is in violation of the law. Other roadblocks have continued.

The protests have paralyzed the country, which already faces a deepening economic crisis. The unprecedented nationwide rallies united the Lebanese against long-serving politicians, accused of corruption and mismanagement.

 
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