People take to streets of Lebanon with yellow vest protest
Hundreds of Lebanese protested Sunday against deteriorating economic conditions as public anger mounts against politicians deadlocked over forming a new government since May.Not mentioned is the influence of Hezballah and Iran on the Lebanese government. They have created instability and with their tunneling, they are provoking a war with Israel.
The protesters marched to the government building in central Beirut, carrying placards that called for an end to the deadlock and corruption. Some protesters sported the yellow vests worn by anti-government protesters in France. The call for the protests began on social media, with some using the symbol of a yellow vest with a cedar tree, a national symbol that appears on the country’s flag.
The protests grew rowdy and angry protesters pelted security forces with water bottles.
Security forces deployed, setting up barricades separating them from the protesters in a standoff that locked down the city center. By mid-afternoon, the demonstration began to fizzle but scores of protesters marched to a commercial district in Beirut, chanting “revolution” and urging others to join them.
Protests have spread in recent weeks as rival politicians have failed to form a new government following parliamentary elections in May.
Highly publicized efforts to form a compromise national unity government faltered Saturday, fueling the protesters’ anger the following day.