Protesters attempted to set fire to the Banque du Liban building in Hamra, Beirut. They thus intend to protest against the degradation of the parity of the Lebanese pound against the dollar but also react to the accusations of embezzlement and money laundering of which the governor of the Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salamé is accused.
Dumpsters were also set on fire in Hamra Street and road traffic is currently interrupted.
Also, associations of depositors including “the cry of depositors” called for new demonstrations from Friday at 10 am in front of the French embassy, indicating to have also lodged a complaint against 16 people, denying any politicization of this dossier, in response to remarks by Prime Minister Najib Mikati who allegedly threatened to resign if the Governor of the Banque du Liban is indicted. Najib Mikati has since denied this information published by the local press, believing, however, that the judiciary should defend the institutions and not the people.
Depositors’ associations, through this demonstration in front of the French Embassy, appeal to the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, asking him to intervene in particular by putting pressure on the branches of Lebanese banks abroad and on the managers and shareholders. banking establishments which hold significant assets abroad.
In addition, tires were set on fire in front of the Banque du Liban branch in Tripoli in the north.