Protesters rally at the entrance of the Ali al-Nahri municipality building, Friday, March 3, 2017. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
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Blue-collar workers and business owners Friday rallied in east Lebanon to protest deteriorating economic conditions, blaming the "over-saturated" labor force caused by the Syrian refugee crisis.Lebanon hosts 1.01 million registered Syrian refugees, although the government estimates that upward of 1.5 million are in the country.In the sixth year of the Syrian crisis, Lebanon has increased an already tight set of residency rules for Syrian nationals. Farmers in north Lebanon have been protesting potato imports, arguing that it worsened their economic situation.
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