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New wave of protests rocks Beirut

Lebanon's wide protests are regaining steam and the streets are growing more violent as partisan loyalties foment conflict among the demonstrators.
Demonstrators set fire during a protest against the collapsing Lebanese pound currency and the price hikes, in Beirut, Lebanon June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah - RC277H9NCETT

BEIRUT — In front of burning tires and dumpsters, a group of young men stood blocking a major thoroughfare just south of Beirut’s Hamra district, less than three kilometers from Lebanon’s Parliament, on June 6. One of them poured gasoline on patches of plants nearby to burn them as well.

“We are not staying calm about our beliefs,” one of the protesters told Al-Monitor.

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