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Thousands of anti-govt protesters march in Beirut

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(3 Nov 2019) Nationwide demonstrations against Lebanon’s political establishment continued on Sunday with tens of thousands  protesting in Beirut and other regions.
This is the 18th day of protests dubbed as the “Sunday of Unity” and the “Sunday of Pressure” with people demanding the swift formation of a new technocratic government.
Since the onset of the demonstrations on October 17, protesters have called for the overthrow of the political class which has dominated the country since its 1975-1990 civil war.
Earlier on Sunday, supporters of the Lebanese President Michel Aoun and his party The Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) rallied near the presidental palace in Baabda near Beirut in a show of solidarity with the president.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned Tuesday, meeting a key demand of the protesters, but Hezbollah and its allies, including the FPM, who dominate the government, have held their ground without offering any concrete proposals to meet the protesters’ demands.
The government proposed a vague roadmap last month aimed at improving the economy, fighting corruption and replacing the sectarian political system with a civil state, but the protests have continued.
The leaderless movement has united Lebanese from various religious sects.
Lebanon has suffered from decades of corruption and economic mismanagement culminating in a severe fiscal crisis.

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