Issa Yahya wrote in “Nidaa Al-Watan”:
The exchange rate of the dollar reached unprecedented levels in its history, and ignited with it the fire of prices at the level of all needs and materials, without delivering the bundle of bread from the raging madness, amidst the silence of those concerned and officials, leaving people boiling over a can of anger that might explode at any moment.
In the wake of the shock of the price hike, the madness of the dollar, and the nightmare of the living and economic crisis, the Bekaa and the Lebanese in general spend their daily lives, as if they were racing against the sharp fluctuations in commodity prices during the hours after the qualitative jumps that the dollar made, recording three thousand per day, so that the voices of those who have fallen into the gutter and not They are able to buy a bundle of bread, and its price in supermarkets and shops has increased to more than four thousand pounds, while fuel prices soar and exceed a million pounds for the two cans of gasoline and diesel, in addition to conflicting prices of commodities and foodstuffs and catastrophic increases in the pocket of the citizen, as merchants stand by the people declaring their refusal The events taking place and the increase in prices, while others seize the opportunity and raise it, making additional profits under the pretext of buying at the expensive.
The beginning of the protest movements in Baalbek-Hermel was on Tuesday night, when a group of young men blocked the main road on Rayak Highway in conjunction with the implementation of protests in a number of areas denouncing the deteriorating living conditions, and yesterday morning, van drivers in the northern Bekaa blocked the road at the mountain roundabout – the southern entrance to Baalbek In protest against the high cost of fuel and their inability to cover it in light of the current pricing, the locality witnessed traffic jams for an hour, during which traffic was diverted to secondary roads to ensure school students and employees access to their work.--
In turn, stations in the governorate were closed from the early morning hours until the new price was issued at noon by the Ministry of Energy, coupled with light movement of cars on the roads, to return and intensify in the afternoon naturally, as if there was no dollar crisis or an expensive gasoline.-
The movements coincided with preparations for a protest stand on Thursday and Friday for teachers of the public sector in front of the educational areas in Zahle and Baalbek in light of the continuation of the general strike, amid demands to improve the conditions of teachers for the continuation of the school year, at a time when the cry of parents in the private sector and teachers began to rise due to the high fuel prices and the high cost of transportation. Students, in addition to the inability of teachers to reach their schools due to their inability to secure the price of fuel, at a time when private schools imposed this month an increase in fresh dollars on the school tuition without noticing an increase in salaries, in addition to the increases they imposed at the beginning of the school year on the allocated general schedule for salaries, which is submitted for inspection every year.
And one of the women confirms to “Nidaa Al-Watan” during her presence in one of the shops, “People are now unable to buy a bundle of bread, because the price has no religion and we cannot catch up with it, and those without a condition like us, who do not enter their homes in dollars or aid such as those that employees receive, groan under The inability to buy food for their children, as well as the purchase of diesel fuel for heating,” adding, “Many of the city’s people are below the poverty line, but no one pays attention to them, and the parties and associations help those who have it, and we have God.”