Besieged by protesters, Lebanon parliament postpones session Nov 20, 2019 0 55 12345 AFPBeirutLebanon’s parliament, besieged by angry protesters on Tuesday, for a second time postponed a session to discuss draft laws which critics charge would let corrupt politicians off the hook.After a morning of noisy demonstrations outside the chamber, and after several political parties had said they would boycott the session, parliament official Adnane Daher appeared before TV cameras.“The session has been postponed to a date to be determined later,” he said, citing “exceptional ... security conditions”. “This is a new achievement for the revolution,” cheered Mohamed Ataya, a 28-year-old demonstrator, vowing that no session would be held “as long as the people control the street”.From early morning, riot police had faced off with hundreds of noisy demonstrators and sporadic scuffles broke out outside the assembly, where activists tried to block MPs’ convoys.Warning shots were heard as one convoy passed through the crowd, a broadcast on private LBC television showed. Demonstrators blamed an MP’s bodyguard for firing them.“Revolution, revolution,” chanted the protesters, punching the air with their fists and waving Lebanese flags, in the latest rally in over a month of street protests. “This parliament is ours,” one woman shouted through a megaphone as others banged pots and pans.Lebanon has since October 17 been rocked by an unprecedented wave of popular street revolt that have cut across sectarian lines.What started with protests against a plan to tax online phone calls made through WhatsApp and other applications has turned into a broader popular revolt against the perceived ineptitude and corruption of the entire ruling class. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians rail against US policy reversal on Israeli settlements Nov 20, 2019 0 40 Kuwaiti emir names new premier amid corruption feud Nov 20, 2019 0 562 Iraqi protesters rally despite fresh government promises of reform Nov 20, 2019 0 42 Three killed as Iran unrest shows no signs of subsiding AFP Tehran Three security personnel have been killed by “rioters” in Iran, the latest deaths in protests that showed no sign of subsiding on Tuesday, despite a wave of arrests and an internet shutdown. A shock decision to .. Iran to unblock internet once ‘abuse’ stops: Govt Tehran: The Iranian government said on Tuesday it will unblock the internet only when authorities are sure it will not be abused during violent demonstrations against a petrol price hike. The Islamic republic has been .. Israel’s air defence intercepts rocket fire from Syria, reportedly hits back Jerusalem: Israel’s air defences intercepted four rockets fired from neighbouring Syria on Tuesday, the army said, prompting reported retaliatory missile strikes against the source of the fire. The Syrian .. UN dismisses US policy change, says Israeli settlements illegal Geneva: A US policy change has no impact on the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in annexed east Jerusalem, the United Nations said on Tuesday. UN rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said that “a .. US opinion on Israeli settlements not valid, says Turkish FM Istanbul: Turkey said on Tuesday the United States declaration that it will no longer regard Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as illegal has no validity in international law. Turkish Foreign ..