After several months of calm and tranquility, today was something completely different.
Originally planned as a national strike calling for an increase in the basic wage, we ended up with tyre burnings and barricades in the streets, as well as gun battles and torched cars. Most of the action focused on the border suburbs between the Sunni and Shia neighbourhoods of Beirut – which are thankfully quite removed from where we live.
Work and the schools were closed for the day and the streets were largely empty. The airport has been blocked off by protesters who’ve constructed barricades out of earth and debris. Check out this Reuters post for more info.
Who knows when things will get back to normal? For the time being we’ll definitely be keeping our heads down and spending some “quality time” at home…
Life in Beirut is rarely boring!