SIDON, Lebanon: Business owners in Sidon briefly blocked a road near the coastal city’s commercial center Thursday in protest of increased security measures in the area.
A number of vendors gathered in Nejmeh Square and used metal barriers to block the road, protesting that recently tightened security measures have negatively impacted their businesses.
Security forces and the local municipality have recently boosted security measures in Sidon following a series of car bombings nationwide and the discovery of a unexploded car bomb near the city.
The protesters argued that business has slowed after security forces prevented vehicles from parking in spaces near the commercial centers and market.
Later in the day, the vendors decided to suspend their protest after meeting with the Sidon Trader's Association head Ali Sharif.
A delegation of the vendors and Sharif agreed on a series of steps to revitalize the market and allow traffic to move more easily as part of the security plan.
Among the steps taken to meet the demands of the vendors, business owners and employees would be issued identification cards that would allow them to park near the center in designated spots.
They also agreed to equip parking attendants with bomb-detecting devises and allow shuttles to transport shoppers between the market and the main street.
The steps are planned to be implemented in coordination with security forces and the municipality.