Protesters blocked a number of roads across Lebanon, protesting the worsening economic conditions. On the other hand, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said, “Cutting roads goes beyond expressing an opinion into an organized act of sabotage aimed at striking stability.”
Aoun – during his presidency of a ministerial meeting, in the presence of the caretaker prime minister, Hassan Diab – called on the security services to reveal plans to offend Lebanon, after information about the presence of external parties and platforms (which he did not name) working on striking cash and the state’s financial position.
In turn, Hassan Diab said that “there are those who are pushing Lebanon towards an explosion,” stressing the need to cut off the road to manipulation and conspiracy by parties (he also did not name it) with social stability and national security.
He added that the situation we have reached is of a high level of danger, stressing that there are those who manipulate the exchange rate of the US dollar as they like and control the fate of the country, without further details.
On Monday morning, hundreds of Lebanese protesters blocked roads all over the country, announcing today “Monday of anger”, in protest against the deteriorating living conditions and the deterioration of the national currency’s exchange rate against the dollar.
In Beirut, protesters blocked major roads in the center of the capital, with burning tires and garbage containers.
The protesters blocked the roads at the entrances to the capital from the south, at the Beirut International Airport highway, from the north on the Jal al-Dib side, and from the east in the Bekaa.
Also, the Sports City and Al-Ashrafiya road in the southern suburbs were cut.
In Sidon (south), the Lebanese army forces intervened to prevent protesters from sleeping on the road on Al-Banks Street in the city, in an attempt to block the road, according to the Anadolu Agency correspondent.
Citizens also blocked roads in the locality of Zahrani, Tire, and Hasbaya, in the south of the country.
In the north, the demonstrators closed the roads leading to the cities of Tripoli and Akkar, and the internal roads in the two cities were also blocked.
In the east of the country, demonstrators blocked the road in front of the state-run Saraya Hermel, and blocked the entrance to Hermel at the Orontes Bridge.
This comes in light of the escalation of protests since Tuesday, after the lira recorded a historic collapse, as the exchange rate of one dollar exceeded 10 thousand pounds in the parallel market, while its official price was 1510 pounds.
On Sunday, Lebanese newspapers warned of “real dangers” that may occur in the coming days due to the continuing deterioration of the situation at various levels.
On Saturday, caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab threatened to stop his work to pressure the formation of a new government, stressing that “the social conditions are getting worse and the political is getting more complex.”
Due to differences between the political forces, Lebanon has not yet been able to form a new government, since the Diab government resigned on August 10, 2020, 6 days after a catastrophic explosion in the port of the capital, Beirut.