Daily Star reporters go on strike over unpaid wages
- A dozen reporters, photographers, and editors have gone on strike at the Daily Star, Lebanon's only English newspaper. The newspaper, in which Future movement leader Saad Hariri has a majority stake, had failed to pay its staff wages for over 6 months.
- Benjamen Redd, a journalist and editor at the newspaper was dismissed on Wednesday over his supposed involvement in organizing the strike. Reporters Timour Azhari and Antonia Williams have resigned in protest and solidarity.
On day 50, roadblocks and school closures
- The heavy rainfall paralyzed several highways and cities, including the Khaldeh highway, leaving commuters stranded for hours. Several apartments flooded in Aaramoun and Naameh.
- In the Bekaa, protests blocked roads with rocks and burning tires. In Tripoli, protesters closed many roads and a highway as schools and businesses shut down.
- In Sidon, students and protesters gathered at the Elia roundabout Thursday morning and marched to different schools demanding they shut down and its students join the day-long-sit-in. Protesters later gathered in front of the central bank's branch.
Hundreds flock to Filipino embassy for free repatriation
- A thousand women and children have signed up for the Filipino embassy's repatriation campaign. The campaign, which was announced on Tuesday, would allow any Filipino worker in Lebanon a free one-way ticket to their home country. Repatriation is scheduled for February 2020. the Philippine embassy has also offered to pay any penalties at the Lebanese border.
- With the dollar shortage and restrictions imposed on international wire transfers, migrant domestic workers have been facing difficulties receiving their salaries in dollars and sending money to their families.
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