Lebanese Take to the Streets to Protest Political Stalemate


Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections.

The demonstration in Beirut was organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country's deepening political and economic crisis.

Wearing red scarves and raising red flags, protesters complained about corruption, poor public services and spiraling public debt that is more than 150 percent of GDP.

One banner reads: "Off to the streets: enough talk. " Protester Osama Assad said failure to form the government only "doubles the risks." Hanna Gharib, of the Communist Party, said the protests would escalate.

Lebanon's political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighboring Syria and other issues.

Comments 3
Thumb s.o.s 17 December 2018, 12:43

As Ysurais wrote, this won't change a thing. We need a new political class, not these incompetent crooks.

Thumb canadianleb 17 December 2018, 14:37

I agree but this is a start. All of the politicians in power need to be held accountable for what they did to Lebanon and the Lebanese

Thumb mincanada 19 December 2018, 00:38

What are you talking about? You just elected the same old same old AGAIN! Now you want to complain? You want a change but you can't even change your shirt!!