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Nationwide protests grip Lebanon as currency tanks

June 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Lebanese protesters took to the streets in multiple cities on Thursday night amid a rapid slide in the country's currency.

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)Anti-government protesters took to the streets in multiple Lebanese urban centers on Thursday, setting up burning barricades and forcing road closures as the country's currency fell rapidly.

Demonstrators hurled stones at military forces and some protesters attempted to scale a security fence outside the prime minister's office in the capital city Beirut.

Protesters chanted against the country's political elite, which many hold responsible for the country's economic woes.

Lebanon's main coastal highway was closed by burning tires in the north and south of the capital, as protests were staged in areas that rarely see demonstrations, such as Hezbollah strongholds in the capital's southern suburbs.

In the northern city of Tripoli, protesters pelted the army with rocks and threw Molotov cocktails at the city's Central Bank office.

Protests also erupted in the southern cities of Saida and Nabatieh.

Lebanon's current government, led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, has been in power for just over 100 days.

Last October, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took part in nationwide anti-corruption protests that toppled the government of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Since then, demonstrations have regularly cropped up around the country over plummeting living conditions and corruption that protesters believe is widespread.

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