Angry Youth Block Roads to Protest Rising Fuel Prices

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Angry citizens blocked several roads with burning tires on Wednesday night, the same day taxi and bus drivers drove their vehicles in a long queue to protest the rise in gasoline prices.

At midnight, youth blocked a road in Beirut’s Beshara al-Khoury district but then dispersed when security forces arrived at the scene of the incident.

A group of youth in Aley blocked the Sofar-Dahr al-Baidar highway with burning tires for more than an hour on Wednesday night. Security forces later opened the road, but protests renewed after 10:00 pm when protestors blocked the entrance of the town.

Angry residents also burned tires in Nabatiyeh and Hboush.

The action of drivers on Wednesday consisted of a convoy of vehicles which traveled to a number of ministries honking horns to express discontent.

The prices of 98 Octane and 95 Octane rose to LL36,600 and LL35,900 respectively, after undergoing a LL500 price hike. Diesel rose to LL31,100.

Informed sources ruled out to An Nahar daily any new agreement within the caretaker cabinet to solve the problem similar to a previous deal to decree a gas tax cut of LL5,000.

Wednesday’s actions, in addition to a May 19 protest that the labor sector is planning to hold, further complicate the political crisis.