Life retunes normal in Beirut as banks, other institutes reopened

BEIRUT, Life has returned to normal in Beirut as various institutes, such banks and others, reopened on Friday despite the continued sit-in in Martyrs and Riad El-Solh Square in the capital’s center.

For the first time in nearly two weeks, Lebanon’s financial market is returning to work as banks schools and universities have also opened, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) said.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters stormed the building of the Association of Banks in Gemayzeh and blocked its main entrance, NNA said.

“We’re here today at the Banks’ Association, which safeguards the funds of politicians,” a statement by a group of demonstrators said.

“Our prime demand is to transfer house and personal loans to the Lebanese Pound so that the poor class doesn’t have to pay mortgages in the US dollar,” the statement added, requesting as well rescheduling personal loans in a way that the poor segment of the Lebanese society does not get abused with high interest rates.

On the other hand, the Traffic Management Center of the Internal Security Forces said most of the main roads between Beirut and the rest of the governorates are fully open and seen normal traffic.

Demonstrations in Beirut and a number of Lebanese cities broke out on October 17 protesting deteriorating economic and living conditions amid demands for the current government to step down.

Source: Kuwait News Agency