Lebanese protesters back on the streets as Economy crumbles

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Lebanese protesters angered by a spiralling economic crisis clashed with security forces in the country’s north overnight as a month-old anti-government movement gained new momentum despite a coronavirus lockdown.

A 26-year-old protester died on Tuesday from a bullet wound he had sustained during the confrontations between the army and hundreds of demonstrators that rocked Lebanon’s second city of Tripoli.

Sixty people were injured, including some 40 soldiers, during the exchange which saw protesters throw stones at troops who fired live rounds into the air to try to disperse the angry crowds under clouds of tear gas.

The overnight violence was the latest in a string of anti-government protests and social unrest fuelled by unprecedented inflation that this week saw a free-falling Lebanese pound reach record lows against the dollar.