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Lebanon: Tear gas flies in Tripoli during anti-government protest over COVID lockdown03:34

Lebanon: Tear gas flies in Tripoli during anti-government protest over COVID lockdown

Lebanon, Tripoli
January 26, 2021 at 02:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Law enforcement officers fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets of Tripoli on Monday to protest the COVID-19 lockdown, as civic discontent grows over poor economic conditions.

Dozens of protesters could be seen exchanging tear gas and other projectiles with riot police. Army units intervened to control the situation and restore order.

"We will die, we will die. Since 14-15 days, we have been locked in homes. We have no money left, nor any lira," said a protester.

"You bear the responsibility of every person who enters the hospital, and every person who does not have the price of food for his children, you bear the blame of every person who goes to the pharmacy and does not find medicine," said another demonstrator, addressing the government.

Earlier in January, the Lebanese government has imposed severe social restrictions to public life including a curfew between 18:00 (16:00 GMT) and 05:00 (03:00 GMT), in order to impede community spread of the coronavirus.

Lebanon: Tear gas flies in Tripoli during anti-government protest over COVID lockdown03:34
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Law enforcement officers fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets of Tripoli on Monday to protest the COVID-19 lockdown, as civic discontent grows over poor economic conditions.

Dozens of protesters could be seen exchanging tear gas and other projectiles with riot police. Army units intervened to control the situation and restore order.

"We will die, we will die. Since 14-15 days, we have been locked in homes. We have no money left, nor any lira," said a protester.

"You bear the responsibility of every person who enters the hospital, and every person who does not have the price of food for his children, you bear the blame of every person who goes to the pharmacy and does not find medicine," said another demonstrator, addressing the government.

Earlier in January, the Lebanese government has imposed severe social restrictions to public life including a curfew between 18:00 (16:00 GMT) and 05:00 (03:00 GMT), in order to impede community spread of the coronavirus.