Uprising in Lebanon Continues with Attacks on Banks, Police and Soldiers

Published June 14, 2020

Uprising in Lebanon Continues with Attacks on Banks, Police and Soldiers

Militants in Beirut and Tripoli threw stones and fireworks at police, attacked banks and stores, and threw molotovs at soldiers, as the uprising continues against the Lebanese state and capitalist economic system.

Hundreds of revolutionaries took to the streets in cities across Lebanon for a second night on Friday to attack the state’s repressive security apparatus and banks, which have played a key role in the misery and poverty many people are facing in Lebanon.

The Lebanese pound has fallen to record lows, having lost 70% of its value since October when the uprising began.

The financial crisis has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

Militants in the capital, Beirut, and in the northern city of Tripoli, threw stones and fireworks at police who used tear gas and rubber bullets.

The Lebanese government is preparing to hold talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a neo-colonial capitalist institution, which promises to “save” the country’s economy, a move that would only benefit Lebanon’s wealthy elites at the expense of the poor.

Many people in Lebanon who rely on hard currency savings have fallen into poverty due to capital controls, as banks restrict dollar withdrawals. More than a third of the population is unemployed.

In Tripoli, revolutionaries damaged the outside of several banks and shops, throwing molotovs at soldiers who responded with tear gas.

Militants in Beirut burned tires, blocking the road near the government palace. The area had also been targeted during protests on Thursday night.