Retired Servicemen to 'Besiege' Beirut in Protest at Budget Articles


Retired servicemen have decided to escalate their protests against the benefit cuts proposed in the 2019 draft state budget, vowing to block all roads leading to and from the capital on Thursday morning.

In a statement, the servicemen said that they would cut off “all main roads” linking Beirut to the various regions from 5am till 10am Thursday.

“This step is only a warning, because the next steps will be more severe and painful,” they warned.

The retirees identified the points that will be blocked as the Chekka tunnel, the Dahr al-Baydar highway and the Khalde highway.

According to the statement, the second stage of protests might include “besieging and isolating the parliament building and gradually isolating Lebanon from the outside world when the legislature convenes to discuss the draft state budget,” which is currently being debated by the finance parliamentary committee.

The retirees are protesting against three articles in the new state budget

According to al-Akhbar newspaper, the first is related to taxing separate benefits that “should have been part of the main salary since the 1990s.”

“An agreement had been reached on paying them separately so that they don’t be counted as part of the main salary when calculating retirement compensations,” the daily said.

The second is related to suspending pre-legal age retirement for the next three years while the third would raise health care fees from 6 to 9%, equaling retired servicemen with public sector pensioners.

Comments 5
Thumb s.o.s 26 June 2019, 14:49

I can see they're in pretty good shape for retirees. the crooked gov should force them to work till the age of 70, that's how they'de reduce the deficit.

Thumb lebanon_first 26 June 2019, 15:21

Exactly. In our welfare state, you join the army at 18, you can retire at 36 with a grade of colonel, take home 4000usd retirement monthly and 150,000 to3wid. Even though you are only a colonel, people will call you general. Who is going to check anyway?

Also because there was a war 13 years ago targeting hezbollah , not the army btw, they are offering themselves salaries of حالة تأهب nbr 3, the highest.

You spend these 18 years training in an army barrack. Basically doing nothing, apart from a few assignments here and there.

You retire at the old age of 36, and look for a job of driver, then you work on your belly expansion project, and show off your weapons to friends. U have one job: fight the government if he dares suggest putting some order in its finances.

Apart from a few heros, this is a masquarade.

Thumb AbouFou2ad 26 June 2019, 17:42

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Thumb whyaskwhy 26 June 2019, 20:53

Lol tourism lol.

Thumb blablablablabla 26 June 2019, 18:22

They should block SOSeash love tunnel. Would be more painful for Doodle