BEIRUT – As the anti-government protest entered its 40th day, Lebanese Economic Bodies called on Monday for a three-day-long general strike for the private sector.
The entity, which gathers the private sector companies, called for a strike on Nov. 28-30 after a meeting, according to the state-run NNA news agency.
The move aims to pressure the ruling class to meet the demands of protesters who took to the streets on Oct. 17, the entity said in a statement.
Those demands include forming a new government after acting the prime minister presented his resignation and that of his government a month ago, in the wake of the rallies.
A new government is yet to be formed as the demonstrations continued, which had a negative impact on the economic situation, putting in danger the fate of “thousands of employees and workers,” the statement added.
Although plans to impose taxes on messages via free texting apps such as WhatsApp triggered the rallies, protesters also condemned the economic situation.
Lebanon, a heavily indebted country, has suffered electricity and water cuts.
“The bodies confirmed that the escalation will not rest until the formation of the desired government, and will announce successive escalation steps that will be implemented during the coming period,” the statement said.
The move came as anti-governmental protesters blocked Beirut’s main roads, hours after being attacked by supporters of Shiite Hezbollah group and the Amal Movement.
The clashes, which took place late Sunday, led to the deployment of the security forces in the capital to prevent incidents.