Protesters in Nabatieh, shut down companies such as OGERO, Liban Post, Banque du Liban and several banks despite state-exerted political pressure towards the protesters in this region.  Due to the mounting pressure from protesters, the Lebanese Forces announced their resignation from the cabinet.  Furthermore, the Lebanese government is trying to set up an emergency economic plan that will improve the country's conditions, amid fears of acquiring aid from the international community. , However, in an attempt to prove to the government that the Lebanese people are united in their quest for political change, protesters were also reported to have gathered in Tripoli, the country's poorest city on Sunday, according to Al Jazeera.  It was reported by the Red Cross that the wounded people on Wednesday had reached 45, according to DW. , On the night of 6 August 2020, protests against the government resumed, following the explosion in Beirut two days prior that killed at least 220 people and wounded more than 6,000.  While ruling out the establishment of sanctions, the French President said he would allocate another four to six more weeks for Lebanon’s political class to implement France’s plans for economic and political reform. They also chanted, "Shia, Shia", as a reverential reference to the country's Shiite Muslim sect.  At 6:00PM, protesters across the country united to sing the national anthem together. Un homme vendant des tickets de loterie dans une rue de Saïda, au Liban-Sud, le 14 mars 2020.  Leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, called for a "calm and peaceful" move against President Michel Aoun's mandate, and organized rallies in Aley, Bhamdoun, and Baakline to voice their opinions. He also spoke about his commitment in fighting corruption, ensuring political stability, eliminating terrorists and the return of Syrian refugees within the country.  According to Lebanon's sectarian-based power-sharing system, Adib being a Sunni Muslim, makes him qualified to become Lebanon’s PM. , According to SBS News, the parliament budget committee chairman Ibrahim Kanaan stated that the purpose of the new budget is to lower deficit of gross domestic product to around 7%. 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Finally, the country suffers from a deficient sanitation and sewage infrastructure, which led to the 2015 "garbage crisis" that sparked the 2015–16 Lebanese protests. Analysts warn that the downturn could pauperize the middle class, making it that much harder for the country to recover. Lebanese have long stood out in the Middle East for not letting political upheaval or civil violence get in the way of enjoying the finer things in life. , President Michel Aoun on 6 April, urged the International community to provide Lebanon with financial support as they battle to survive the ongoing economic crisis, alongside the coronavirus pandemic. The protesters waved the Lebanese flags, as they gathered in the epicenter of last year’s rallies, Martyrs’ Square. BEIRUT, Lebanon â Flawed policies and sudden shocks have thrust Lebanon into its worst economic crisis in decades, with its currency collapsing, businesses shutting, prices for basic goods skyrocketing and the threat of hunger looming for its poorest people.  Outside a private bank, struggles reportedly erupted between security forces and protesters, as at least one protester was sighted being stroked and taken away by security forces, according to Daily Sabah. , Protesters gathered on 3 December across the country in response to businessman Samir Khatib's nomination as possible new prime minister.  Separately, the army revealed that four containers with 4.3 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were discovered outside Beirut’s seaport, according to the BBC.  Several roads were shut down across Lebanon by anti-government protesters, consequently clashing with security forces who used tear gas to disperse the crowd.  Protesters saw the "WhatsApp tax" as the last straw, socially, politically and economically, against the entire political class, which was deemed corrupt and in need of immediate ousting.  Right before midnight, pro-government Hezbollah and Amal Movement supporters violently clashed with protesters in the "Ring" bridge and Jal el Dib areas, demanding an end to road blocks imposed by protesters. Lebanon + 1 more.  To note, the report was first published by a foreign news station, the Saudi-owned TV station Al-Hadath, and there is no other reference of the attack.  Protesters gathered for the third consecutive Sunday since mass anti-government demonstrations began on 17 October, filling the streets and central squares of major cities including Beirut, Tripoli and Tyre. "Unfortunately this is an ever more precarious situation and it is important to point out to Lebanese authorities that they have a responsibility to protect the press. Le Liban est devenu l’un des points chauds de la pandémie avec un taux de positivité (la proportion du nombre de personnes testées positives par rapport au nombre total de personnes testées) d’un peu plus de 15 % à comparer avec 8,5 % en Suède ou 8,3 % aux États-Unis.  As the protests carried on throughout the day, there were reports of Amal Movement militants harassing and opening fire on protesters in Tyre. La situation au Liban, «pire que la guerre» ... 14 août 2020 . Its economic recovery plan, released on April 30, said the economy was âin free fallâ and that Lebanon would seek $10 billion in aid from the International Monetary Fund. , On 11 August, findings by Amnesty International suggested that Lebanese security forces had applied unlawful use of force against protesters, during protests after the explosion in Beirut.  Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea once more criticized the lack of response from the government towards the protesters' concerns.  The final session of the budget draft was to be held on 19 October, but was canceled upon the agreement of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun.. , On 11 June, fresh violence erupted in Lebanon's capital Beirut, after the Lebanese pound significantly depreciated against the US dollars as angry protesters took to the streets. Additionally, the media reported there were plans of a USD 0.20 charge on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls, such as ones made on FaceTime, Facebook and WhatsApp. They also added that some protesters were aimed at directly with tear gas, hitting some in the neck and head. Abou Fakhr's death appeared to have been unprovoked, as he was unarmed and attending the protest with his wife and child. A missile reportedly went off 500 metres away from the ex-prime minister's convoy while he was visiting the eastern Bekaa Valley. ", Shots, tear gas and flames as protests against Beirut explosion grow, "عضو بلدية الشويفات علاء أبو فخر يسقط بالرصاص تحت جسر خلدة", "Anger breaks out after two die in roadblock crash", "Lebanon officials vow to deter 'infiltrator' attacks after weekend violence", "Lebanon cities erupt against economic hardship, one protester killed in Tripoli", Lebanese policeman killed in clashes with demonstrators in Beirut: police, "Tens of thousands protest in Lebanon for third day", "عام على 17 تشرين.. ثورة الاستثمار السياسي! , On 21 October, a general strike was called across the country demanding an end to the country's economic problems. It is composed of 18 different sects. Pension and retirement plans are also being demanded, as well as proper health care coverage.  Meanwhile, thousands of Lebanese gathered in over thirty cities around the world on 26 and 27 October including Sydney, Paris, Houston and London in a show of support.  The coalition government led by Saad Hariri responded with an austerity program of general tax increases and spending reductions, with the aim to reduce the government deficit while maintaining the peg against the U.S. The country's banks remained closed.  In the evening, Prime Minister Saad Hariri addressed the nation, giving his "partners in government" 72 hours to support the reforms. , On 3 July, with the continuing collapse of the Lebanese economy and hardship, two men were believed to have killed themselves in Lebanon, according to the Daily Star. Recent Developments in Northwest Syria - Situation Report No. Depuis le 14 novembre, et au moins jusqu’au 30 novembre, le Liban - ici une rue de Beyrouth - vit un second confinement doublé d’un couvre-feu de 17 heures à 5 heures du matin. Near Beirut's Nejme Square, hundreds of protesters sang an anti-Diab chant. According to CNN, during an interview with Lebanon's state news agency, Diab portrayed the newly appointed ministers as "technocrats" who he believes would operate without loyalties to political parties.  Considering the current economic situation in Lebanon, a judge has reportedly halted an order of assets freezing of 20 banks, including their directors.  Gunfire was heard outside the Tripoli office of Firas Al-Ali, an associate of Hariri. Les effets de la pandémie de COVID-19, au Liban comme ailleurs, aggravent davantage encore une situation économique et financière déjà fragile. However, the riot police managed to quell the protest by leading the gathering away from the US embassy.  However, the Lebanese parliament is believed to have passed a bill to ensure that banking secrecy has been lifted, Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm stated. His nomination came just the same day as the French President Emmanuel Macron’s second planned visit to Lebanon within a month, to discuss various needs for reform. La situation des droits de l'homme au Liban sera bientôt examinée en présence des États membres des Nations Unies lors de l'Examen périodique universel (EPU). âThis time you sell your gold,â Mr. Sabra said. A funeral procession for the deceased protester in Tripoli took place. Consultez l’ensemble des articles, reportages, directs, photos et vidéos de la rubrique Liban publiés le lundi 14 décembre 2020. , On 31 August, Mustapha Adib, Lebanon's ambassador to Germany since 2013 was named as the new Prime Minister of Lebanon.  After this announcement, the cabinet meeting was canceled by the Prime Minister. The president made the call during a meeting of the International support group for Lebanon, in which he particularly asked the governments of the International community to make available $11 billion which they had pledged for during a conference in Paris, April 2018. The protests are an existential threat to the Lebanese government and political elite and a revolution.  According to Reuters, the closure which commenced on Wednesday, is expected to be in place until 29 March, so as to enable the state of health emergency that has been set up, to tackle the virus effectively. At least three protesters were said to have been carried away in the process of the struggle. On 11 November, the Lebanese Federation of Syndicates of Bank Employees called for a general strike for its 11,000 members over "concerns for safety". At around 11:20am, Secretary General of the Lebanese Parliament Adnane Daher confirmed to local media that both parliament sessions were postponed indefinitely. While her salary in Lebanese pounds was modest, she had always been able to easily convert it into dollars to, say, buy a car or take occasional family trips to Greece. He added that he was embarrassed with the Lebanese political leaders during his news conference in Paris, stating that they had no regard for the commitments dedicated to France and the entire International community. , On 23 October, Hariri held a meeting with the ministerial committee in charge of financial and economic reforms, discussing a draft law on the recovery of public money and requesting suggestions on it from the Supreme Judicial Council within ten days. Lebanon – Explosions Fact Sheet #5 (September 30, 2020) [EN/AR] Format Situation Report Source. The Lebanese Army intervened in many regions to prevent escalation.  Despite the stepping down of Diab's government, Lebanese protesters have maintained that they would still not stop the demonstrations, VOA News reported. Desperation has made the countryâs protests more violent.  Medical documents also showed evidence that protesters were targeted with live rounds and rubber bullets. That strategy, which analysts have likened to a state-sponsored Ponzi scheme, ran out of gas last year when new depositors suspected the policy was unsustainable and stopped coming.  Hariri supported this review through Lebanon's "constitutional mechanisms", but the protesters rejected any calls for dialogue until the government has resigned. " Hundreds of Lebanese mothers led a "mother's march" in Chyah to protest against sectarian violence on 26 November between youths. The common shareholders of SOCIETE GENERALE DE BANQUE AU LIBAN SAL are hereby convened to the meeting of the Extraordinary General Assembly that shall be held on Tuesday 15 December 2020 … He also revealed that an incident occurred with the two people he killed, who were part of a very powerful group. The crisis will fall hardest on Lebanonâs poor.  During his detention, Jaber was not given access to a lawyer with even the location of his detention being kept secret. Investigation continues next Monday", "Military Prosecutor charges colonel at scene of Abou Fakher killing", "Affaire Alaa Abou Fakher: Le procureur militaire inculpe 2 militaires", "Lebanon is experiencing a social revolution", "The Iraqi and Lebanese people want their countries back. As security workers were taking away the body in a white coffin and clearing the scene, his relative blamed the government for the hard times that brought about the suicide of the victim. , Amid fears of the further spread of coronavirus in Lebanon, on 15 March, the government decided to put in place a state of emergency, leaving its crippling economy in a stalemate.  In the afternoon, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech in which he made strong overtures towards a corruption investigation to be led by Lebanon's judiciary, offering for Hezbollah to collaborate fully with any such investigation and calling for a "strong, independent judiciary" to equally investigate all Lebanese parties without reservation.  A separate group of protesters descended upon Beirut as well, expressing outrage at a month-old video of an expat insulting several Shi'a religious leaders. , On 3 August, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti reportedly tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister Hassan Diab, describing his fear of the country turning into a failed state due to the government's inability to enact reforms. ... Cyril Dionne - Abonné 17 août 2020 11 h 17. , In contrast to the 2005 Cedar Revolution, in which support for the main sides of the political conflict were aligned with political parties and the Sunni–Shiite Muslim sociological and religious divide in Lebanon, the 2015–2016 Lebanese protests started to include criticism of leaders within the anti-Hezbollah community. , On 6 June, several protesters returned to the streets for the first time since the COVID-19 lock down was put in place.  At least 46 people were hospitalized with injuries according to the Lebanese Red Cross and Lebanese Civil Defense. They smashed windows, set a room on fire, and damaged a car. OLJ / le 01 décembre 2020 à 13h34 .  The announcement of Diab becoming Prime Minister was immediately followed by street protests and road blocks in Tripoli and Beirut. Chaoul's publicly posted resignation directly placed blame on the government and ruling elite stating "Whilst the IMF has confirmed the quantum of these losses, the establishment (the political class, the monetary authorities, and the financial sector as a whole has opted to dismiss the magnitude of these losses that impose themselves as an incontestable reality and has embarked on a populist agenda". Highways and major roads were blocked in Beirut, Tripoli, Akkar, Sidon, and Zahle by protests and burning tires.  However, other politicians, who were targeted by the protests, remained in power. Télé Liban, première chaîne de télévision au Liban, créée en 1959. , On 14 February, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri delivered his first speech after leaving office in October, urging that he is not leaving Lebanon, but mapping out a new future in politics with his party. Toute l’actualité sur le sujet Liban. One of his bodyguards shot stray bullets into the air, which further enraged the protesters, but no injuries were reported. At least two cars in Beirut were set on fire.  Later that evening a statement released from the Presidential Office said that Lebanese President Michel Aoun will address the nation the next day. , Protesters in Lebanon on 1 May, rejected the government's rescue plan which was announced on Thursday, as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Central bank in Beirut and across the country.  The combination of an economic downturn in the import-dependent country with the continuation of its dollar peg saw an increase in the government's budget deficit and a reliance on using foreign exchange reserves from the nation's central bank to keep the currency peg. Jaber also claimed to have been exposed to psychological abuse. Aoun accused protesters of "stabbing the nation with a dagger" and accused protesters that blocked roads of "violating international law". We will die and Palestine survive," according to France 24. âI have never witnessed anything like this in Lebanonâs history,â said Mr. Sirhal, 80. âThis is the worst period ever.â, Lebanonâs Economic Crisis Explodes, Threatening Decades of Prosperity.  In response to the protests and calls for the termination of his government, Prime Minister Diab promised to hold early elections, maintaining that his government would stay for two months until major parties can make a decision. This was considered a short-term solution by economic analysts. The appointment of a new minister or caretaker has not been made yet, pending the acceptance of his resignation. Deux violentes explosions ont eu lieu à Beyrouth dans le quartier du port, mardi 4 août, faisant des dizaines de morts et des milliers de blessés.  Nasrallah held a speech in the evening, calling his supporters to leave the streets. Aoun also stated that "anyone who cannot find faith in the current Lebanese government can leave Lebanon and live somewhere else". As the protests grew bigger, Prime Minister Saad Hariri called a snap cabinet meeting at the request of President Michel Aoun for midday on 18 October. 2020 protests Protests resume. , The World Bank has warned Lebanon against the risk of implosion, if they fail to adopt a new system of governance that is more genuine and transparent compared to the old one. This comes a few days after a new order allowed the right to sue people who insulted the presidency on social media.  However, hundreds of protesters have reportedly continued their rally which commenced earlier on Thursday, in several cities across the country including Sidon, as they criticise against the financial policies and poor standard of living in the country. âThe sins of the past have to be paid for today and in the future, so there is a distribution of pain to cover the costs.â, The result will be, he said, âa serious downgrade in lifestyle.â. The decision was verified by an official at the office of the public prosecutor, even though no additional comment was given. According to local media, Fleity committed suicide because he was unable to provide for his family after losing his job.  Experts warned that the direction in which Lebanon is heading could ignite more instability, as the newly formed government is not expected to convince Lebanese protesters to end their demonstrations against the ruling elite, according to VOA.