Lebanese blocked the road in front of the Central Bank of Lebanon building in Beirut yesterday, in protest against the deteriorating living conditions and the high exchange rate of the dollar, and burned tires on Hamra Street in Beirut amid army reinforcements in the vicinity of the bank.
Yesterday, the exchange rate of the dollar recorded 56,000 pounds in the parallel market for the first time in the history of Lebanon, and fuel prices also increased, as the price of each diesel and gasoline plate reached more than one million pounds for the first time as well.
The protesters criticized the circulars issued by the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon from time to time, which led to the erosion of deposits of depositors in banks, calling on citizens to go to the roads and close them to expand the circle of demonstrations.
Protesters also blocked roads in northern, southern and eastern Lebanon with trucks and cars to protest against the high price of the dollar and the deteriorating conditions.
Lebanon has been witnessing a financial and economic crisis since October 2019, which resulted in the deterioration of the living conditions of the Lebanese and the collapse of the national currency against the US dollar, and inflation witnessed a record high.
On the other hand, the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, rejected the decisions of the judicial investigator in the crime of the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar.
And the “National News Agency” announced that “the Public Prosecutor, Judge Ghassan Oweidat, responded to the decisions taken yesterday by the judicial investigator in the port explosion crime, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, by rejecting these decisions altogether, since Al-Bitar kept his hand from the file.”
Al-Bitar had resumed his investigations into the explosion case after it had stopped for more than a year, released 5 detainees, and claimed 8 new people, justifying his return on the basis of legal materials that do not allow his response.--
It is noteworthy that an explosion rocked the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, and resulted in damage to a number of the capital’s streets, killing more than 230 people, injuring more than 6,000 people, leaving 300,000 people homeless, and a number of people were arrested after the explosion, and 12 are still remaining. Detained pending investigation.-
Developments of the Beirut explosion investigations:
5 positions were released
8 people were called
230 dead victims of the explosion
300 thousand homeless
6 thousand injured