Pro- and Anti-Government Demonstrations Compete in Lebanese Capital of Beirut
▶️ Supporters of Lebanon’s embattled President Michel Aoun gathered outside the presidential palace in Beirut, while anti-government protesters continued to press demands outside parliament, Sunday, November 3. The protesters are calling for the political elite to step down and an end to traditional sectarian politics. It is still unclear what Lebanon’s new government will look like and whether it will contain independent members, a key demand by demonstrators.
👉 Draped in red, green, and white Lebanese flags and waving orange banners of President Michel Aoun’s political party, thousands of his mainly-Christian supporters swamped a small hill near the presidential palace to counter mounting opposition to his government.
Demonstrators outside parliament demanded a new technocrat-led government capable of carrying out badly needed economic reforms, but it is still unclear what a future government may look like. Lebanon’s economy has stagnated in recent years and is expected to show slight negative growth for 2019 after barely registering any gains in recent years.