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Protesters gather in front of Port of Beirut

People pass through a road blocked by burning tires on the 28th day of uprising, Nov. 13, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamed Azakir)

BEIRUT: Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Port of Beirut Saturday afternoon, against corruption of customs, and smuggling.

Protesters blocked multiple roads in Akkar Saturday morning, in response to the the appointment of Hassan Diab as prime minister-designate, according to reports by the state-run National News Agency.

Diab, a professor at American University of Beirut and former education minister was designated as prime minister by President Michel Aoun Wednesday, after gaining the support of a parliamentary majority.

Protesters also blocked roads with mounds of dirt in Dinnieh, where schools and universities were also closed. The Army is trying to reopen the closed roads, said the NNA.

Supporters of caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri blocked roads in Corniche al-Mazraa Friday and later scuffled with the Lebanese Army.

Protesters threw rocks and fireworks at soldiers deployed in the area, prompting riot police to intervene.

Diab said Friday that Lebanon's new government would not be a “confrontation government,” and asked the Lebanese people to give him a chance to form a new cabinet as soon as possible, stressing that all efforts should be geared toward preventing the collapse of the country.

 

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