Protests continue to grip Lebanon for third day Oct 20, 2019 0 1240 12345 DPABeirutRoads across Lebanon remained closed on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets for a third day of protests denouncing the government’s economic plans.Some major roads leading to Beirut from south and north Lebanon were still blocked by tyres burnt in the protests.In the capital, dozens of protesters started gathering in an area near the governmental palace, where riot police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators late Friday and arrested people for damaging shop facades and burning rubbish bins.Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday gave a 72-hour deadline to his partners in government to agree on a solution to the economic crisis.Lebanese have been suffering from dire economic conditions in the heavily indebted country and from tax hikes, with anti-government protests erupting several times in recent months. Lebanon is under pressure from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to take austerity measures in return for financial support.The country has one of the biggest public debt ratios in the world, equivalent to about 150 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose movement has ministers in government, warned Saturday that changing the current government will not be a solution.“Stop reaching in the pockets of the poor to find solutions for the economic crisis, stop instead corruption and embezzlements,” Nasrallah said.Addressing the protesters, Nasrallah said “we respect your screams and your messages have been delivered.” He vowed his ministers will not allow any new taxes on the Lebanese, especially the poor. Nasrallah, who is a major ally of President Michel Aoun, called on all politicians to take their responsibilities and start working to save Lebanon. But Nasrallah’s comments did not convince the protesters. Instead, more roads were closed. RELATED ARTICLES IRAQI PILGRIMS PROTEST CORRUPTION DURING ARBAEEN MARCH Oct 20, 2019 0 278 Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish forces if no pullout Oct 20, 2019 0 228 Ten thousand people march in Kurdish protest in Germany Oct 20, 2019 0 196 6 killed, 4 missing in Mali attack on pro-govt forces Bamako: Six people were killed late on Friday when unknown assailants attacked a post held by armed pro-government groups in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the groups said in a statement. Four more people were missing .. Mozambique’s oppn calls for vote to be annulled Maputo: Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Saturday called for this week’s election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day. Partial .. S Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters AFP Juba South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir. The foes, whose falling .. Turkey, Syrian Kurds trade blame over breaching US-brokered ceasefire DPA Beirut/Istanbul Turkish forces and Syrian Kurdish forces fighting in north-eastern Syria have accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by the US. “Terrorists” have carried out 14 .. German defence minister harshly criticises Turkey, US over incursion Munich: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has sharply criticised Turkey and the United States following the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Syria. Two developments are .. Senator McConnell slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal as scattered fighting flares Tal Tamr, Syria: US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria as “a strategic nightmare” as scattered fighting flared in the north of the country ..