A file photograph shows a member of the police opening the door to a vehicle in Ouzai, Beirut.(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
BEIRUT: Around 50 shop owners blocked a road in the Beirut neighborhood of Ouzai Wednesday protesting security measures they claim could put them out of business.
The men used burning tires to block the street around 5 p.m., but security forces reopened the road an hour later.
After listening to the shop owners, members of the Internal Security Forces promised the protesters to relay their demands to the relevant authorities.
The protesters argued that police blocked a road leading to Al-Manar Television Station’s headquarters as part of citywide security measures, making it difficult for customers to reach the commercial street.
Security forces have taken strict measures in Beirut and its southern suburbs following a series of car bombs over the past year.
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