Lebanese Protesters Torch Dozens in Second Night of Rampage

The Protests were Triggered by the Rapid Depreciation of the National Currency

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At least a dozen banks across Lebanon were vandalized and torched in the second night of protests triggered by frustration over the national currency’s unfettered depreciation.

Protesters are angry over the rapid slide of the Lebanese pound, which has plummeted in value by more than 50 percent in about six months.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets and dozens were arrested by Lebanese security forces.

The largest and most violent protests happened in the country’s second-largest city of Tripoli after a protester succumbed to injuries sustained in protests the night before.

The man’s sister claimed the victim was shot by Lebanese army. The army has since expressed its “regret” over the killing without directly claiming responsibility and said it has launched an investigation.

Massive anti-government protests that began in October last year and paused during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown are now returning angrier and more desperate.