Lebanon crisis is very dangerous, said Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab, comparing the riots of recent days with the outbreak of the civil war in 1975-90.
A month after the start of nationwide protests, Lebanon is experiencing serious political and economic problems. Despite the scale of the economic crisis, the largest since the war, the country's leaders were unable to agree on a new cabinet.
Although the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, yesterday protester was shot dead.
Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab, a political ally of President Michel Aoun, said street tensions and road blocking “have reminded us of the civil war, what happened in 1975. And this is situation is very dangerous,” Reuters reported.
He noted that the demonstrators have the right to protest and be protected, adding that the army and security services cannot put up with those who are violent.
Michel Aoun said he hoped that a government could be formed in the coming days to meet protesters ’demands.
Schools, banks and many shops are closed for the third day in a row.