Members of the Lebanese diaspora have called for protests in Paris and Strasbourg on Sunday, October 20, in solidarity with the ongoing opposition demonstrations in Lebanon. In Paris, participants plan to meet at 12:00 (local time) at the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme located at Place du Trocadéro. Protesters in Strasbourg are set to gather at 12:00 at Place de la République.
Similar protests are possible in other major urban centers across the country. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near all protest sites.
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.
Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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