Lebanese Protest 'Harsh' Economic Situation in Beirut

Published October 7th, 2019 - 06:52 GMT

Hundreds of people rallied in Downtown Beirut on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to protest Lebanon’s weakening economic and living conditions.

Lebanon MP Paula Yacoubian joined the protest saying "It is our right to protest." and “the decision is [in the hands of] the people. The people of Lebanon are told to remain at home ... but the real anger [should be shown] on the streets.”

Lebanon's economy has not grown this year, and expanded by just a quarter of a percent in 2018.

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A Lebanese protester holds a placard reading in Arabic "Down with the regime, down with the government" during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester holds a placard reading in Arabic "Down with the regime, down with the government" during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters chants slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters chants slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester wipes her tears during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester wipes her tears during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester shouts slogans during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester shouts slogans during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters try to block a road during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protesters try to block a road during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP

A Lebanese protester holds a placard reading in Arabic "Down with the regime, down with the government" during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters chants slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester wipes her tears during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester shouts slogans during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters try to block a road during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester holds a placard reading in Arabic "Down with the regime, down with the government" during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester holds a placard reading in Arabic "Down with the regime, down with the government" during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters chants slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters chants slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester wipes her tears during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester wipes her tears during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester shouts slogans during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
A Lebanese protester shouts slogans during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters try to block a road during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protesters try to block a road during a demonstration near central Beirut's Martyr Square on October 6, 2019. Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP
Lebanese protested in the capital over increasingly difficult living conditions, amid fears of a dollar shortage and possible price hikes. ANWAR AMRO / AFP