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Retired Lebanese soldiers picket central bank over cuts

13 May 2019

Retired soldiers in Lebanon started picketing the Central Bank building late on Sunday in protest at draft budget proposals to cut the state wage bill.

They said they would stay at the bank, stopping employees from entering on Monday morning, until their demand of no cuts to the military budget was met. As about 100 protesters gathered outside the Central Bank, Lebanon's coalition government began holding its latest meeting to try to agree a budget that would reduce the fiscal deficit in the heavily indebted state. The retired soldiers have blocked the Central Bank's three entrances, including the one for vehicles.