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Tax hike, stagnant wages spark protests in Beirut

AP  |  Beirut 

Thousands of demonstrators have descended on central Beirut to protest a broad hike they say is unfairly targeting the country's working classes.

The Lebanese is paralyzed over a budget proposal that would hike over a dozen rates to fund a salary increase for teachers and civil servants.

Demonstrators in Beirut today say the has squandered public moneys through shady public-private contracts and should plug the budget deficit by addressing corruption instead.

The Lebanese has twice extended its own term over disagreements on how to hold elections. Polls are scheduled to take place in May, but top politicians are yet to give the green light.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 21:07 IST