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Lebanon Plan to Address Protest Grievances Falls Short

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Expand Lebanese riot police fire tear gas during a protest against government's plans to impose new taxes in Beirut, Lebanon, October 18, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Hassan Ammar Spontaneous anti-government demonstrations broke out across Lebanon last week, sparked by the announcement of a slew of new taxes. Thousands took to the streets to express anger against the entire political establishment, whom they blame for the country’s dire economic situation and endemic corruption. The largely peaceful protests took an ugly turn on October 18th when the army used excessive force to clear areas of Beirut…

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