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Lebanese workers protest against privatisation and tax

Issue No. 2034

Demonstrators in Beirut

Demonstrators in Beirut

Lebanese workers shout anti-government slogans outside the telecommunications ministry in a protest against privatisation and tax increases.

The government’s economic proposals will mean that the poorest will pay for the massive debts incurred during Israel’s war on Lebanon last summer.

According to the World Bank the majority of Lebanese only earn enough to live three weeks out of every month.

The opposition to the government, led by Hizbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement and joined by many trade unionists, is demanding the resignation of the prime minister, Fouad Siniora.

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Sat 20 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2034
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