Protesters gathered outside state institutions on Tuesday, the 20th day of the nationwide uprising, after the Lebanese Army opened most roads around the country.
Demonstrations were held outside the headquarters of the state-owned mobile operator Touch, near Gemmayzeh. Some 50 people also gathered outside Touch’s controversial building in Downtown Beirut, which has cost the state approximately $75 million.
Earlier this year, caretaker Telecommunications Minister Mohamed Choucair was criticized for his decision to purchase the building, located on some of Lebanon’s most expensive real estate.
Choucair’s decision came shortly after Lebanese officials passed an austerity budget, in a bid to address the country’s dire economic situation.
“They called it a WhatsApp revolution but it is a revolution againt tyranny and chaos,” protesters chanted.
Demonstrators also gathered outside the state-run Electricite du Liban, near Gemmayzeh, local media reported.
Banks in Hamra also saw their share of protesters on their doorsteps.
Later in the day, protesters who had been gathering at the Ring Bridge moved to Zaitunay Bay, near Beirut’s waterfront.
In Tripoli, demonstrators gathered outside the city’s municipality building and banks, calling for their closure.
In Nabatieh, protesters closed the Central Bank’s branch in the area, refusing employees access to the building. They then moved around the city, congregating outside banks and Liban Post offices.
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