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Lebanese protest dire economy

Protests were held across Lebanon for a second straight day Friday against the country’s dire economic conditions and tax hike proposals by the government. Thousands took to the streets of Beirut and other cities spontaneously Thursday evening in the biggest protests in four years to condemn tax hikes and call for the government to step down.

  • A protester poses on an office chair removed from a building in downtown Beirut early Friday Oct. 18 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Demonstrators ignite a fire during a protest over the deteriorating economic situation in Beirut, Oct. 18, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

  • Education Minister Akram Chehayeb tries to calm his bodyguards during a protest in Beirut, Oct. 17, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • A member of the Lebanese general security extinguishes fire during a protest over deteriorating economic situation in Beirut, Oct. 17, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

  • A demonstrator walks past burning tires during a protest against recent tax calls on Oct. 17, 2019 in the southern suburbs of Beirut. AFP / ANWAR AMRO TOPSHOTS

  • Lebanese demonstrators burn wood and debris during a protest against recent tax callsl, Oct. 17, 2019 in the capital Beirut. AFP / ANWAR AMRO

  • A man carries bread loaves and a Lebanese flag during a protest against dire economic conditions, Oct. 18, 2019 on a highway between the capital Beirut and the norther city of Tripoli. AFP / JOSEPH EID

  • Lebanese demonstrators burn tires during a protest against dire economic conditions, Oct. 18, 2019 on a highway between the capital Beirut and the norther city of Tripoli. AFP / JOSEPH EID

  • A man is seen through a broken window during a protest in Beirut, Oct. 18, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

  • Protesters block a road in Sidon, Oct. 18, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

  • Demonstrators gather during a protest over deteriorating economic situation, in the port city of Sidon, Oct. 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

  • Lebanese demonstrators burn tires during a protest against dire economic conditions Oct. 18, 2019 on a highway between the capital Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli. AFP / JOSEPH EID

  • A woman poses for a picture in front of burning tires, Oct. 18, 2019 in Nahr Ibrahim north of Beirut. AFP / JOSEPH EID

  • Demonstrators sit together during a protest over deteriorating economic situation, in Jounieh, Oct. 18, 2019. REUTERS/Imad Creidi

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