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Civil Defense volunteers, outraged over the Cabinet's failure Tuesday to pass a decree that would have made them full-time workers, set fire to their uniforms, blocked vital roads across Lebanon, and declared a strike.Machnouk had previously met several times with Civil Defense delegations, assuring them that the matter will be discussed in Cabinet.The police's Traffic Management Center reported that volunteers later cut off the Saeb Salam Avenue (Corniche al-Mazraa) in Beirut, the road leading from Abbasieh to Tyre in south Lebanon, the Beirut-Damascus highway both ways in the Mount Lebanon town of Falougha and a road leading from Douris to neighboring Baalbek in northeast Lebanon.After the road blockings, Machnouk said that the decrees not passed in Tuesday's session would be passed in the upcoming session on Wednesday, Feb. 10 .
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