People protest the Parliament's newly approved taxes in Beirut, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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Hundreds of people gathered near Parliament Thursday to protest a new bill that will see an increase in taxes. The demonstrators called for an end to government inefficiency and the misuse of public funds.Protesters gathered outside Parliament, in Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square, at 6 p.m. Thursday evening amid a high security presence. Thursday's diverse demonstration in Beirut included various political parties and civil society movements, including the We Want Accountability movement, the National Liberal Party, several workers' syndicates, and the Kataeb Party, whose members turned out in significant numbers.The Kataeb Party's representative from its department of students and youth in Jbeil, Dominic Khoury, told The Daily Star that the party had organized buses and cars to transport people from across Lebanon to the Beirut protest.Demonstrator Nassif Issa told The Daily Star that the proposed tax hikes would disproportionately affect poor citizens, while no taxes are being levied on the rich or on banking institutions.
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