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19 Oct 2019 | 06:04 AM UTC

US: Lebanese solidarity protests planned in several states October 19-20

United States of America News Alert

Protests due in several states between October 19-20 in solidarity with Lebanon; heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/20/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Washington, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, Dearborn (Michigan state), San Francisco

Event

Members of the Lebanese diaspora have called for several protests across the United States on Saturday, October 19, and on Sunday, October 20, in solidarity with the ongoing opposition demonstrations in Lebanon. Participants plan to gather at several locations, most notably:

Similar demonstrations may take place in other major urban areas across the country. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near all protest sites.

Context

On October 16, the Lebanese government approved tax hikes on tobacco products as part of its 2020 federal budget. Information Minister Jama Jarrah announced a 20 percent daily tax for individuals calling via the WhatsApp mobile phone messenger application on October 17. However, the announcement sparked spontaneous nationwide protests on October 17, forcing the government to revoke the tax proposal. Prime Minister Said Hariri subsequently declared a 72-hour deadline for political parties to solve the country's ongoing economic crisis.

Advice

Individuals in the US are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized transportation disruptions and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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