Beirut demonstrators protest worsening economic conditions

By Mustafa M. M. Haboush and Mehmet Nuri Ucar

BEIRUT (AA) – Demonstrators here in the Lebanese capital protested the economic crisis plaguing the country late Friday.

Groups of protestors gathered in different parts of the city to protest the high cost of living brought on by the devaluation of the currency.

Some shouted and set tires on fire, while others blocked main roads to protest the fuel crisis and worsening conditions.

Roads were re-opened after security forces intervened.

The economy has been in a fragile state due to political divisions based on different religions and sects.

Lebanon has been suffering one of the greatest economic crises since the end of a civil war from 1975-1990.

* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara