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In Lebanon’s new wave of protests and riots, Tripoli is leading the way

Lebanon’s protests have resumed, but more violently, especially in Tripoli, where bank facades were smashed and a protester was killed by the army.
Demonstrators are seen near a bank on fire during unrest, as an economic crisis brings demonstrations back onto the streets in Tripoli, Lebanon April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim - RC2ODG9O5VDN

On April 27 and 28, when protesters attacked banks and clashed with the Lebanese army in Tripoli, activist and protest coordinator Marianne Richa felt like she was reliving her memories of Lebanon’s civil conflict.

“It was like war,” Richa told Al-Monitor about the two days. “Monday and Tuesday, I thought I’m back in 1989 and 1990.”

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