BEIRUT, March 3 – RIA Novosti, Mikhail Alaeddin. Groups of demonstrators on Wednesday night blocked major highways in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, in the Bekaa Valley near the main border crossing with Syria, Masnaa, and in the southern city of Sayda.
As a RIA Novosti correspondent reports, in the meantime, a stable situation remains in Beirut. Towards evening, a group of young people managed to block a section of the highway leading to the airport for 30 minutes. At the same time, several dozen more activists set fire to tires in the center of the capital on the Square of the Fallen, but this did not interfere with traffic.
At the moment there are up to 30 activists on the Square of the Fallen. Their actions are not hindered by law enforcement officers. No reinforcements of the army and police are observed in the region.
Protests with road blockages were held across Lebanon on Tuesday. Demonstrators blocked downtown Beirut and major metropolitan highways with burning tires, as well as highways in the south, north and east of the country. The protesters demanded that the authorities start real actions to bring the country out of the economic crisis and improve the living conditions of the population. The unrest began after the value of the national currency on the black market rose to the level of ten thousand pounds per dollar, while the official exchange rate in banks remains at 1.5 thousand pounds per US dollar. Thus, the Lebanese pound has thus depreciated by 15-17% only in recent days. At the same time, the foreign currency accounts of depositors in banks have remained frozen since October 2019, and the prices of many products have increased during this time by more than 200%.