Protests return to Lebanon as government discusses austerity

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Lebanese army veterans demonstrate near the governmental palace in Beirut on May 10, 2019. (AFP)
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Lebanese army veterans react at the arrival of Lebanon's minister of defence during a demonstration near the governmental palace in Beirut on May 10, 2019. (AFP)
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A Lebanese army veteran stands on a garbage bin sprayed on it the word " The State' as a reference to the government as he takes part in a demonstration near the governmental palace in Beirut on May 10, 2019. (AFP)
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Lebanese army veterans react at the arrival of Lebanon's minister of defence during a demonstration near the governmental palace in Beirut on May 10, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 10 May 2019

Protests return to Lebanon as government discusses austerity

  • The protesters gathered Friday in downtown Beirut outside the government offices to denounce what they called "painful" and "unpopular" measures
  • They asked the government to address corruption and retrieve lost funds instead of slashing their benefits

BEIRUT: Dozens of Lebanese military and security veterans are protesting for the second time in two weeks against proposed cuts to their pensions and benefits, as the government discusses a budget bill that aims to cut public spending and usher in austerity measures.
The protesters gathered Friday in downtown Beirut outside the government offices to denounce what they called "painful" and "unpopular" measures. They asked the government to address corruption and retrieve lost funds instead of slashing their benefits.
Professors in the state-owned Lebanese University also protested Friday potential cuts to their wages.
The government is facing public discontent as it prepares a budget that aims to tackle a widening deficit and a national debt that stands at more than 150 percent of GDP.


The Middle East implements measures to combat deadly coronavirus

Updated 27 min 22 sec ago

The Middle East implements measures to combat deadly coronavirus

  • Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has started an evacuation plan for Bahraini nationals in Iran

DUBAI: Coronavirus has been widely spreading in the Middle East during the past week with Iran recording the highest number of infections and deaths in the region.

Countries in the Middle East are currently taking extraordinary steps to prevent the growing coronavirus outbreak.

00:51 – Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has started an evacuation plan for Bahraini nationals in Iran including screening and quarantine procedures. The Ministry called on all Bahrainis to register their details by calling: +97317227555

(Developing)