Members of the Lebanese diaspora have called for a protest in Brussels on Sunday, October 20, in solidarity with the ongoing opposition demonstrations in Lebanon. Participants plan to meet at 09:30 (local time) at Avenue Franklin Roosevelt.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near the protest site.
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 Brussels 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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