14 January 2020
Lebanese police officers scuffled with protesters on Monday as they attempted to block a main road in central Beirut known as the Ring Bridge. The protesters attempted to block several roads in the Tabaris area next to the Ring Bridge. Protesters first took to the streets in October over proposed new taxes. But the nationwide demonstrations quickly grew into calls for an end to the rule of the political elite that has run the country since the 1975-90 civil war ended.
The protesters blame the government for widespread corruption and mismanagement. The protests forced the resignation of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. A new prime minister, Hassan Diab, was appointed recently, but he has still not been able to form a cabinet.
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