Protesters flooded the roads for a fourth day on Sunday within anti-government protests within a deadline to provide reforms for the nation’s hard-hit economy.
“I did not expect people in the country’s northwest and Beirut to join hands and enjoy every other. The protests have brought together everybody and this hasn’t occurred before,” said Sahar Younis, a 32-year-old employee with a non-governmental organization.
Music blared from the roads as protesters chanted and waved the flag.
Thousands were expected to show up to protest and forecasts are mounting for members of their authorities to resign.
Hariri gave his coalition partners a 72-hour deadline on Friday to agree to reforms and indicated that he would resign if the reforms aren’t passed.
It would be challenging for the several parties from the coalition authorities to make a new cabinet if Hariri, a Sunni Muslim supported by the West and Sunni Gulf Arab allies, resigns, Reuters reports.
The protests have been in part triggered by a proposed tax on WhatsApp calls.
“All of those leaders ought to be placed under house arrest and be held liable to return the money that they stole from the country so Lebanon will get back on its feet,” said Antoine Zahli, 43, a pharmacist who had been one of the protesters in downtown Beirut.
GDP increase in Lebanon is projected to have just grown by 0.2percent in 2018, the World Bank stated. The nation has also been greatly affected by the Syrian refugee catastrophe, taking in an estimated 1.5 million refugees, the World Bank stated.