Lebanese demonstrators shot dead

Lebanese soldiers have shot at demonstrators in a Beirut suburb, killing three and wounding many more.

    An estimated half a million people protested against prices

    A doctor at the Sainte Therese hospital, Georges Karam, confirmed that two died from wounds to the neck while the third victim was shot in the stomach.

    Security sources said soldiers opened fire when protesters began throwing stones on Thursday, angry over soaring fuel prices.

    Two military vehicles were also damaged in the skirmish around the mainly Shia Muslim Hay al-Silum suburb.

    Trade unions had called for a general strike to protest against the rise of fuel prices and the economic policies of the government of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

    Fuel price rage

    Widespread anger at petrol prices has apparently bolstered support for Thursday's strike, with some estimating half a million protesters across the country.

    Over the last several days, most labour unions and associations announced that they would participate in the strike, while shops and private businesses in the capital were preparing to close.

    Meanwhile, Hariri has urged Justice Minister Bahij Tabbarah and the public prosecutor's office to take action against petrol stations for failing to comply with last week's cabinet decision to lower prices.

    Petrol prices are currently around $0.80 a litre, while the government has demanded a charge of $0.74.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    An insight into the history and present of Christian nationalism, the movement behind Donald Trump's religious support.

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers.

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    What you need to know about the other pandemics that shook the world.