As the crisis deepened, protesters broke into Lebanese government departments

As the economic and political deadlock worsened, the Lebanese pound fell to a new low, and a group of protesters stormed into a government building in Beirut

Beirut-Earlier on Friday, a small group of protesters broke into a government building in Beirut and took a picture of the president from one of the main rooms as the Lebanese pound fell to a new low as the economic and political deadlock worsened .

Nearly a dozen protesters who entered the Ministry of Social Affairs said that the situation in this crisis-hit country has become unbearable due to the rapid economic collapse and the continued collapse of the pound to dollar exchange rate. The previous record was 25,000.

The protesters accused the ministry of being slow in issuing monthly ration cards that should provide financial assistance to poor families.

The protesters broke into the meeting room of the ministry, turned a framed picture of President Michel Aoun upside down, and then removed it. They replaced it with Arabic banners that read “Revolutionaries of October 17”.

The protesters refer to the nationwide protests against the ruling class of the country that began on October 17, 2019. They have been blamed for decades of corruption and mismanagement that have plunged this small country into the worst economic and financial crisis in modern history.

“Those who embezzle public funds cannot carry out reforms,” ​​a protester shouted before leaving the building after police intervention. “We have bottomed out. Things will not get worse.”

The coronavirus and the port explosion on August 4, 2020 killed 216 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed part of the capital, making the crisis worse.

The state-run state news agency said that in other parts of the country, protesters posted posters labelled “Mafia Destroying the Lebanese Pound” outside some branches of local banks.

In the past two years, local lenders have implemented informal capital controls, preventing many people from using their savings.

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