Yet another Middle East country it trouble: this time Lebanon with millions marching across all the country

Demonstrators hold Lebanese flags as they gather during a protest over deteriorating economic situation, in Beirut, Lebanon October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon protests: All the latest updates

Embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri due to address nation as Hezbollah supporters ransack main protest in Beirut.

Lebanon has been rocked by nearly two weeks of mass protests against the country’s ruling elite.

Angry at what they describe as years of official corruption and economic mismanagement, the protesters have been demanding the government’s resignation, holding rallies in public squares and promoting a civil disobedience campaign that includes blocking main thoroughfares.

As scuffles broke out in the capital, Beirut, embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri was due to address the nation on Tuesday.

Here are all the latest updates:

Hariri ‘likely to resign Tuesday’

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will “most probably” announce his government’s resignation on Tuesday, a senior official source from outside Hariri’s bloc told Reuters news agency.

Earlier, a second source also told Reuters the prime minister was moving towards resigning.

The report could not be independently verified.

Hezbollah supporters ransack Beirut protest site

People believed to be Hezbollah supporters attacked and ransacked the main anti-government protest site in the Lebanese capital, tearing down tents and smashing chairs.

The men, some of them wielding sticks, began scuffling with protesters who were blocking roads in the capital. Some of the men chanted slogans praising Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah group, who has criticised the anti-government protests.

Groups of men could be seen massing near main protest sites as Lebanese security forces moved quickly to try to separate them from the protesters.

The protesters could be seen taking up metal poles and wooden batons.

Source :

Al Jazeera

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