Hundreds of Lebanese protest proposed tax rise

ByREUTERS
March 19, 2017 14:51




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BEIRUT - Hundreds of people protested in central Beirut on Sunday against proposed tax rises that the Lebanese parliament is considering to fund a new wage increase for public employees.

Carrying placards and banners, more than a thousand protesters flocked to Riad al-Solh square, chanting "We will not pay" and waving Lebanese flags.

Scores of policemen barricaded the entrances to the government headquarters and parliament during the protest, which followed three days of smaller demonstrations in Beirut.

Lebanese authorities are seeking to raise taxes to help agree a deal on public sector pay rises, part of a wider effort led by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to approve the country's first state budget in 12 years.

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