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  Lebanese transport workers blocked all major roads in Beirut and major transport corridors across Lebanon on Thursday in protest at the continued rise in gas and food prices and the fall of the national currency The demonstration was called by the Lebanese union of land transport workers Ahmad Qubaisi a member of the Nabatieh union said We have to take such measures to be heard Last time we organized a preventive action and blocked the roads from 5 am to 10 am 03 00 to 08 00 GMT Today we have all the roads blocked from 04 00 hours Our demands are mainly related to the stabilization of the dollar exchange rate and the regulation of food prices Gasoline prices have become unacceptable and continue to rise even now while the demonstration is taking place In Beirut protesters blocked the central square Hamra Street and the Verdun district as well as the road leading to the airport near the Kuwaiti embassy From 5 00 am motorists also blocked the main road linking the capital with the south of the country in the Khalde region and the road leading north in the Al Daur region Qubaisi said it is important that the Lebanese support the strike as the standard of living is getting worse for everyone If they want to change something they should put the bankers and the head of the central bank in jail They should be forced to take action but right now living conditions are only getting worse he added The protest action would continue until 5 pm and the union boss is expected to announce more actions The strike in Beirut is currently peaceful without mass gatherings of people or intervention by the forces of order Sputnik NAN
Lebanon transport workers block highways in protest over hike in gas prices

1 Lebanese transport workers blocked all major roads in Beirut and major transport corridors across Lebanon on Thursday in protest at the continued rise in gas and food prices and the fall of the national currency.

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2 The demonstration was called by the Lebanese union of land transport workers.

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3 Ahmad Qubaisi, a member of the Nabatieh union, said: “We have to take such measures to be heard. Last time we organized a preventive action and blocked the roads from 5 am to 10 am, 03:00 to 08:00 GMT.

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4 Today we have all the roads blocked from 04:00 hours. Our demands are mainly related to the stabilization of the dollar exchange rate and the regulation of food prices.

5 “Gasoline prices have become unacceptable and continue to rise even now, while the demonstration is taking place.”

6 In Beirut, protesters blocked the central square, Hamra Street and the Verdun district, as well as the road leading to the airport near the Kuwaiti embassy.

7 From 5:00 am, motorists also blocked the main road linking the capital with the south of the country in the Khalde region, and the road leading north in the Al-Daur region.

8 Qubaisi said it is important that the Lebanese support the strike, as the standard of living is getting worse for everyone.

9 “If they want to change something, they should put the bankers and the head of the central bank in jail. They should be forced to take action, but right now living conditions are only getting worse, “he added.

10 The protest action would continue until 5 pm, and the union boss is expected to announce more actions.

11 The strike in Beirut is currently peaceful, without mass gatherings of people or intervention by the forces of order.

12 Sputnik / NAN

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