BEIRUT: Hundreds of Lebanese and foreign workers Wednesday joined with members of the Lebanese Communist Party to march toward Martyrs' Square, marking Labor Day by protesting corruption and the misuse of public funds.
The march joined Lebanese people old and young from all areas across the country, who walked alongside cars with large speakers and people holding drums.
Members of the National Federation of Worker and Employee Trade Unions in Lebanon marched from their headquarters in Moseitbeh to Mathaf, where they the Communist Party members joined them.
Castro Abdullah, the head of FENASOL, said that the protest will continue year after year. “We are forced to resist and raise our voice, because this state every year is giving us more taxes and taking from us all our rights,” he said.
Foreign workers also joined the protest, including domestic workers holding Bangladeshi, Ethiopian and other flags
“We’re asking for freedom. Today is Worker Day,” one of them said.
The Internal Security Forces could be seen marching behind the protesters.
Cabinet, meanwhile, met at the Grand Serail for the second day of discussions of the 2019 draft state budget.