An unprecedented wave of protests forced closure of banks in the country. On Thursday banking sources told media that country's banks will seek to prevent capital flight when they open on Friday but without imposing formal capital controls after a two-week closure due to nationwide protests which led the prime minister to resign.
Just before the security forces moved in on Saturday, two women and two men were manning the roadblock on the ring road. They said they have been at the roadblock for 10 days and have no plan to dismantle it but added that they would not fight the army. They let through an ambulance and a motorcycle.
Protests in Iraq, Lebanon, Hong Kong and Kashmir. There is a particular trend and a pattern. The message is loud and clear — citizens are tired, angry and fed up of the government and with the government’s gimmicks (“J-K restrictions have to be reviewed: SC”, Oct.25, Gulf Today).
Ibrahim is a plasterer by trade, but when he saw crowds flocking by the tens of thousands to Beirut's Martyrs' Square to protest against government corruption and incompetence, he knew it was not an opportunity to be missed.
Lebanon last week received an Interpol-issued wanted notice, which is a non-binding request to law enforcement agencies worldwide that they locate and provisionally arrest a fugitive. Ghosn arrived in Lebanon on Dec. 30 after being smuggled out of Japan.
Justice Minister Masako Mori said on Sunday she has ordered an investigation after Ghosn issued a statement saying he was in Lebanon.
Medics said 145 people were wounded in the latest clashes, taking the casualty toll to more than 530 in two days
An unprecedented nationwide movement of protests demanding an end to endemic corruption and the wholesale removal of Lebanon's political elite broke out nearly three months ago.
Protesters blocked several main roads across Lebanon on Friday as unprecedented demonstrations against a political elite accused of corruption and incompetence entered their fourth month.
Ghosn had been released on bail by a Tokyo court while awaiting trial but was not allowed to travel overseas. He disclosed his location in a statement through his representatives that did not describe how he left Japan, where he had been under surveillance.