Beirut protesters pelt PM with water bottles

Beirut protesters pelt PM with water bottles

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Demonstrators in downtown Beirut pelted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s car with water bottles as protests against new taxes and a stagnant public wage scale gained force in the city. Hariri got out of his armoured convoy behind the police line at the demonstration facing the government’s capital building but could get no closer as protesters began throwing water bottle and shouting “Thieves!” Thousands of people came to the city centre to protest a broad tax hike they say is unfairly targeting the country’s working classes. The Lebanese government is paralyzed over a budget proposal that would hike over a dozen tax rates to fund a salary increase for teachers and civil servants.