Protesters outraged on day 112, block roads
- Protesters in Beirut blocked the road outside the Central Bank in Hamra amidst significant army deployment. Protests were triggered by increased capital controls and ongoing investigations regarding huge sums of money that large depositors, including public authorities, transferred abroad.
- A large group of protesters in Sidon also demonstrated outside the city’s Central Bank, later marching towards Elia Square.
- Meanwhile, the Syndicate of Gas Station Owners gathered to decry the released list of fuel prices as a “stab in the back”. They also threatened to go on strike if the Ministry of Energy does not fairly distribute the losses they have incurred due to the dollar shortage crisis.
Clampdown of activists continues as protesters fight back
- Activist Tony Khoury was called in for interrogation at the Jounieh judicial police department today over charges of blocking roads. A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside the station in a show of solidarity.
- Protesters and journalists also organized a sit-in outside the Judicial Palace in Adlieh in solidarity with Moussa Assi. Assi was called in to appear in criminal court today after being sued by Randa Berri and the Supreme Islamic Shia Council on charges of libel and slander for his Facebook posts denouncing their corruption.
- Meanwhile, in Abdeh, protesters cut off the road at the roundabout to demand the release of activist Mahmoud al—Rifai.
Gas exploration ship arrives to Beirut’s shores
- The supply ship Lundstrom Tide, rented by the oil and gas company Total, arrived at Beirut’s port today to begin drilling in Block no.4. This is the first ship to arrive for the offshore drilling of oil and gas in Lebanon.
- The Lebanese Petroleum Administration issued a statement that Lundstrom Tide is one of the three supply ships that will support the main drilling ship, Tungsten Explorer, with transporting the equipment and materials needed.
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