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Is Iran’s power slipping in Lebanon?
 
10/20/2020
 

Lebanese Banks Torched in Rekindled Protests

Is Iran’s power slipping in Lebanon?

BY WARREN REINSCH

After the Lebanese government declared a state of emergency over coronavirus on March 15, the country experienced a brief moment of relative calm. Under the surface, however, economic hardships worsened, corruption increased, and frustrations intensified. Renewed protests once again threaten to topple the Iran-backed Hezbollah government.

Protests reignited on April 27 as hundreds of demonstrators gathered throughout Lebanon’s cities from Tripoli in the north to the country’s capital of Beirut to Sidon and Nabatieh in the Hezbollah-controlled south.

Civilians have become infuriated over the country’s economic crisis as the Lebanese pound has plummeted in value by more than 50 percent since October. Shops are closed. Food and raw material imports have been slashed. More than half the nation lives in poverty. Lebanon is teetering on the edge of financial disaster, and the people want change.

 
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