Bus drivers block roads in Tripoli, north Lebanon Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Public bus drivers blocked all entrances to Tripoli for about seven hours Friday to protest competition by unlicensed drivers, and to denounce a government decision to ban them from parking inside the northern port city.The Lebanese Army had managed to prevent drivers from blocking streets inside central Tripoli.However, after the demonstration was dissolved, the union of bus drivers released a statement condemning the blocking of the roads, saying former MP Misbah Ahdab was to blame organizing the protest. Former MP Ahdab launched a scathing attack against the government and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, accusing them of neglecting the bus drivers' concerns.Ahdab warned of escalation unless the government talked to the drivers.
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