A man opened fire on protesters in a town near Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, November 13, following scuffles between protesters and residents opposing them.
READ MORE: Lebanese protesters blocked major highways with burning tires and roadblocks on Wednesday, saying they will remain in the streets despite the president’s appeal for them to go home.
The protesters took to the streets after President Michel Aoun said in a televised interview that there could be further delays before a new government is formed, and said the best option was a Cabinet made up of technocrats and politicians to deal with the country’s economic and financial troubles.
Lebanon is passing through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. It led to anti-government protests that culminated in mid-October as demonstrations spread across much of Lebanon. The protesters are also complaining of widespread corruption and calling an end for the rule of the political elite that has been running the country since the 1975-90 civil war ended. Protesters, who have been calling for a Cabinet made up solely of experts, rejected Aoun’s speech.