November 5th marked the 20th day of the Lebanese revolution since its start on October 17th.
On this day, protestors in Beirut gathered outside telecoms company MTC Touch, Lebanon’s public electricity provider Électricité du Liban and the Zaytouna Bay waterfront. Students at the American University of Science and Technology also organized sit-ins outside the campus in Achrafieh and attempted to close roads, they clashed with Army and Internal Security Forces that were attempting to re-open the roads.
In the southern city of Nabatieh, commercial banks and postal provider Liban Post were targets of protests, while employees of the city’s central bank were prevented from entering
In the northern cities of Tripoli and Zgharta, residents banged on pots and pans on their balconies while protestors in the streets campaigned outside municipal buildings.
In Sidon, high school students marched in protest towards the Freedom Square in the city, while roads leading to the Lebanese American University in Jbeil were blocked by students. A headmistress from a school in Sidon also sent a voice note that went viral in which she threatened her students with expulsion if they did not attend classes and participated in the protests.
The Lebanese Army also clashed with protestors demonstrating in front of banks and public institutions in Jal el Dib, with some being detained and others dragged to the side of the road and beaten up. Those detained were later released following negotiations. In some parts, the Army forcibly took down a stage and tents in an attempt to open the blocked road.