Clashes, arrests as Lebanese protesters cleared from highway

Published October 28, 2019, 6:31 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By the Associated Press

Lebanese soldiers have forcibly removed anti-government protesters from a highway linking the southern city of Sidon to the capital, Beirut, and briefly detained around a dozen of them.

Anti-government protesters sit in the middle of a main highway as they block roads during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The protests have paralyzed a country already grappling with a severe fiscal crisis at reinforcing calls for the government to step down as nationwide protests entered their 12th day Monday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla/MANILA BULLETIN)
Anti-government protesters sit in the middle of a main highway as they block roads during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The protests have paralyzed a country already grappling with a severe fiscal crisis at reinforcing calls for the government to step down as nationwide protests entered their 12th day Monday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla/MANILA BULLETIN)

No weapons were used and there were no reports of serious injuries from the confrontation early on Monday.

Lebanese protesters have been using civil disobedience to block roads across the country in support of mass demonstrations against the government. The protests, in their 12th day, are directed at the political elites which have dominated the country since its 1975-1990 war, and which many accuse of corruption and economic mismanagement.

The protests have paralyzed the country but have been largely peaceful. Security forces have exercised restraint, dragging protesters off the roads by their arms and legs without arresting them.

 
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Clashes, arrests as Lebanese protesters cleared from highway

Published October 28, 2019, 10:31 AM

by The Associated Press

Lebanese soldiers have forcibly removed anti-government protesters from a highway linking the southern city of Sidon to the capital, Beirut, and briefly detained around a dozen of them.

Anti-government protesters sit in the middle of a main highway as they block roads during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The protests have paralyzed a country already grappling with a severe fiscal crisis at reinforcing calls for the government to step down as nationwide protests entered their 12th day Monday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla/MANILA BULLETIN)

Anti-government protesters sit in the middle of a main highway as they block roads during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The protests have paralyzed a country already grappling with a severe fiscal crisis at reinforcing calls for the government to step down as nationwide protests entered their 12th day Monday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla/MANILA BULLETIN)

No weapons were used and there were no reports of serious injuries from the confrontation early on Monday.

Lebanese protesters have been using civil disobedience to block roads across the country in support of mass demonstrations against the government. The protests, in their 12th day, are directed at the political elites which have dominated the country since its 1975-1990 war, and which many accuse of corruption and economic mismanagement.

The protests have paralyzed the country but have been largely peaceful. Security forces have exercised restraint, dragging protesters off the roads by their arms and legs without arresting them.

 
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