Van drivers head to the interior ministry during a protest in Beirut, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Unions and Leagues of Land Transportation closed down main roads across Lebanon Wednesday, protesting what it said is inadequate government supervision of competition from non-Lebanese drivers, according to local media reports.The union called for a nationwide strike to push the government to stop undocumented and unlicensed drivers from working in the country.In recent years, truck drivers and taxi drivers have clogged roads with protests across Lebanon as commuters head to work. Drivers often demonstrate against the rise of fees for automotive inspections, and competition from Syrian nationals who they claim have taken up jobs as taxi drivers and in many cases charge lower fees than local drivers.
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