Business leaders expressed deep concern about the unfolding developments in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Leading businessmen and merchants Thursday warned that the ongoing anti-government protests in Beirut Central District are further exacerbating the economic woes of this once-thriving business center.Similar calls for protesters to leave Downtown Beirut were echoed by Mohammad Choucair, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture."We will not be silent ... and we will pay dearly for defending Downtown or any economic zone in Lebanon," he warned.He stressed that hundreds of commercial establishments closed and hundreds more are awaiting the same fate if these protests in this district do not to come to an end very soon. Chammaa doubted that the end os the protests was imminent.
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