Lebanon protests

This item appears on page 18 of the March 2020 issue.

Protesters calling for economic and government reforms clashed with police in Beirut, Lebanon, on Jan 18, leading to more than 300 injuries. The protests began in mid-October after the government proposed a tax on text messages. Protesters demanded that Prime Minister Saad Hariri resign, which he did on Oct. 29. As of press time, the Lebanese Parliament had failed to appoint a new prime minister.

Lebanon has one of the worst economies in the world, a currency with very low value and an unemployment rate of nearly 40% for people 35 and under.