Supporters of the Lebanese Communist Party attend a protest as they mark Labor Day in Beirut, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Communist Party (LCP) struck back at the head of Beirut Traders Association Thursday, after he labeled communist protesters as "economic charlatans" and called for keeping Beirut's Downtown a "classy" area.The exchange comes one day after the latest protest staged by anti-government activists in Downtown's Martyrs Square ended with police attacking and detaining around 40 demonstrators. The LCP and a number of other leftist groups had a promised to participate in the movement. Chammas also accused communists of persuading the Lebanese masses that Beirut's Downtown did not belong to them.Downtown Beirut has witnessed frequent protests since the birth of the You Stink movement in July. One demonstration ended in a riot, where young men clashed with police and smashed glass shop windows and traffic lights. The communists again fired back at the threat, accusing the Economic Committees of working only for their own financial interests.
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