Day 78: Protesters target Lebanon's ports
Protesters directed their ire to Lebanon’s ports Thursday, the 78th day of nationwide protests.
Dozens of Lebanese gathered in front of Beirut’s Port to protest against alleged corruption of customs and smuggling, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Activists say Beirut Port, Lebanon’s key trade hub, which is estimated to earn the state over $1 billion in revenue each year, is a prominent example of corruption in state institutions.
A similar protest took place in front of Tripoli’s port where dozens of protesters chanted “Stop the corruption; cleanse the port from those who are corrupt.” The protesters set up a tent at the port’s entrance and attempted to prevent employees from entering.
Protesters in Tripoli also vandalized and broke the locks of public institution buildings in the city, including the Qadisha Electricity Company and the Ogero building.