Solidarity and unity on day 45
- Hundreds of mothers marched from Tabaris to Khandaq el-Ghamiq in a call for unity. A group of young men first prevented them from entering Khandaq el-Ghamiq but they were later welcomed by residents, who joined them on the streets and showered them with rice from balconies.
- Hundreds marched in Beirut from Verdun to Martyrs' Square, and in Tripoli a women-led march was organized. Protesters in Tripoli rallied outside the Spinneys supermarket to protest the price increase of products. They also staged demonstrations outside Touch and Electricité du Liban while in Zahle and Beirut, they staged demonstrations outside the Central Bank branch.
- In solidarity with the Iraqi revolution and its martyrs, a group of protesters held a candle-lit vigil in front of Beirut's Iraqi embassy.
Protester released, others remain detained in the North
- Dana Hammoud was released this morning after her arrest. Demonstrators protested overnight in front of El Helou and Elias Khoury Barracks in Beirut, calling for her immediate release. Hammoud's violent arrest came after an altercation with a policeman who insulted her during a protest outside a gas station in Beirut.
- Meanwhile, protesters blocked the highway in Beddawi with trucks and set up tents to call for the release of three youngsters who had been arrested in Tripoli's El-Nour Square during protests. Their parents still do not know of their whereabouts. Protesters said they will not leave until the youngsters are released.
Gas stations reopen
- Gas stations ended their two-day strike after the Syndicate of Gas Station owners announced that they will give Caretaker Minister of Energy Nada Boustani the opportunity to find a solution.
- The Central Bank had issued a circular in October announcing that importers of gasoline had to pay in dollars for 15% of the price of the imports. Boustani announced that importers, station owners, and distributors will split the 15%. She also announced that the Lebanese state will import 10% of the fuel needed by the market.
- Commentators considered that this measure breaks the cartel of gasoline importers, while others highlighted that this could be a way to impose on the market a new company with ties to the Free Patriotic Movement.
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