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Lebanon: protesters block parliament session

Lebanon: protesters block parliament session

Lebanon’s parliament was blocked by the protesters on Tuesday. The anti-governmental activists attempted to prevent MPs from attending their workplaces, according to Anadolu Agency.

Over weeks, the security issues made Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri postpone the session. It has been scheduled to be held last week but was postponed until today. However, on Tuesday morning the roads led to Nijmeh Square in central Beirut near the parliament building also were blocked by the protesters who insist the parliamentary session should be public, not a closed one.

Tuesday session’s agenda also was criticised by the anti-governmental activists. Among other, Lebanese MPs are expected to discuss a host of draft laws related to fighting corruption, pensions and a general amnesty.

Protesters insist on the formation of a technocrat government, early parliamentary election, repatriation of illicit funds and ending corruption.

Security forces scuffled with protesters at Nijmeh Square in central Beirut near the parliament building, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

Over the weeks, Lebanon has been rocked by mass protests against plans for tax increases, which quickly turned into wider grievances. However, even the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 29 wasn’t helpful, the protesters made no progress toward reaching a deal on a new government.