Social activists have called for an anti-government demonstration in Beirut on Saturday, July 25, to demonstrate against the government trying to seek economic assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Protesters will reportedly gather at 17:00 (local time) outside the World Bank office. The protest will likely be well attended.
A heightened security presence and localized transport disruption are to be expected near the protest sites.
Recent protests have been denouncing ongoing economic hardship in Lebanon, the fall in the value of the Lebanese pound, and the rise in the cost of goods. The value of the Lebanese pound hit a record low on the black market on June 30, as the government raised the price of bread and announced that soldiers would stop receiving meat in their meals. Supermarkets have been pictured with empty shelves and retailers have closed stores following a rush to purchase goods, such as candles, flour, and yeast, amid rising prices.
Those in Lebanon are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. Individuals in Beirut are advised to confirm doctor's appointments and anticipate longer waiting times in medical facilities for the duration of the protests.
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