Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Protesters storm Lebanon after government proposes WhatsApp tax

A 20-cent-per-day fee could potentially bring in up to $250m in annual revenues from Lebanon's estimated 3.5 million VoIP users Lebanese government plans tax on WhatsApp; Kuwaitis warned to stay away from protests - ARAB TIMES - KUWAIT NEWS
Patty Aguilar | 19 October, 2019, 08:28

The protests were reportedly triggered on Thursday by news that the government planned to impose a daily charge of 20 cents on apps that use VoIP, or voice over Internet Protocol, to make calls, such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber.

Protester leaders, trade unionists and political activists called for a general strike and continued demonstrations until the government steps down.

The embassy urged, in a statement, the Kuwaiti citizens to adhere to the security instructions, set by the Lebanese authorities, and contact the embassy in case of any emergency via the following phone number: 0096171171441.

Hoping in action for a better Lebanon, thousands of protesters have been marching all over the country since Thursday night in demonstrations against the deteriorating conditions the country has been enduring for decades.

Demonstrators in Lebanon are blocking major roads across the country in a second day of protests against proposed new taxes, which come amid a severe economic crisis.

The unrest prompted Hariri to cancel a cabinet meeting due on Friday to discuss the 2020 draft budget.

Forty members of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces (ISF) were wounded in the protests, the ISF said in a tweet.

"Either our partners in the coalition government give a clear, decisive and final response to convince me, the Lebanese people and the worldwide community. that everyone has decided on reforms, stopping waste and corruption, or I will have something else to say", he added.

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People gathered near the government headquarters and parliament building where riot police were deployed, chanting: "Revolution!" and "Thieves!" - the latter a reference to widespread corruption in a country that has one of the highest debt loads in the world. Dozens of people were injured. The government, which includes almost all Lebanon's main parties, has repeatedly failed to implement the reforms needed to fix the national finances.

The crisis has been exacerbated by the years of regional turmoil and an influx since 2011 of 1.5 million Syrian refugees, representing about a quarter of the country's population.

Fatima, a dentist, said: "We are protesting against the politicians to force them to give back the money they stole and put it back at the service of the people".

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the son-in-law of the president and an opponent of Hariri, called for urgent measures to fight corruption and warned in a televised address that the collapse of the government would result in "chaos" and undermine the currency peg. Hundreds of people burned tyres on highways and intersections in suburbs of the capital, Beirut, and in northern and southern cities, sending up clouds of black smoke in scattered protests. Lebanon has the third-highest debt level in the world, now standing at about $86 billion, or 150% of its gross domestic product.

"We are here for the future of our kids".

Global donors have been demanding that Lebanon implement economic changes in order to get loans and grants pledged at an economic conference in Paris in April 2018.

There are concerns over the country's financial stability as well.

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