After the call of the federations and unions of the land transport sector, hundreds of Lebanese protested throughout the country against the deteriorating living conditions.
Responding to the “day of anger,” the protesters called on the authorities to subsidise fuel prices and provide compensation to help them cope with the increasing expenses. While schools and universities closed their doors, protesters blocked access to several roads in Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, and Bekaa.
According to several financial institutions and NGOs, nearly 80% of the population now lives below the poverty line. 36% of Lebanese live in extreme poverty.
In its 2022 World Report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that the “corrupt and incompetent” Lebanese authorities have deliberately led the country to one of the worst economic crises of modern times, showing indifference to the rights of the people.