in in the midst of exacerbations The economic and political impasse in Lebanon As the lira reached new lows, a group of protesters stormed the Ministry of Social Affairs building in the capital, Beirut, early Friday.
About 12 protesters who entered the ministry said conditions in the crisis-hit country had become intolerable due to the rapid economic collapse and the continuing collapse of the currency, which reached 25,100 against the US dollar.
Protesters also blamed the ministry for a slowdown in issuing ration cards that are supposed to provide monthly financial aid to poor families, according to the Associated Press.
Remove the image of the president
They also stormed the ministry conference room and flipped a framed image of President Michel Aoun upside down before removing it and replaced it with an Arab banner that read “October 17 Revolutionaries”. in reference to the national protests that broke out on October 17, 2019 against the ruling class.
“We’ve hit rock bottom. It can’t get any worse,” shouted one of the protesters before leaving the building after police intervention.
Prices in upside
It is noteworthy that the prices have gone up in significantly in recent weeks, as the government has lifted subsidies on fuel and some medicines, making them out of reach for many in the country, while the minimum monthly wage is currently around $ 27.
Nearly three-quarters of the population of 6 million people, including one million Syrian refugees, live in poverty.
Decades of corruption and mismanagement
This political class is accused of decades of corruption and mismanagement that plunged the small country into the worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history.
The crisis was also exacerbated by the Corona virus and an explosion port of Beirut On August 4, 2020, which killed 216 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed part of the capital.
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