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Pope Urges Dialogue in Lebanon After Sweeping Protests

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Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:07 GMT

Pope Francis urged dialogue in Lebanon on Sunday, October 27th after 10 days of sweeping protests against the ruling political class, urging the country to respect "dignity and freedom", according to AFP.

The pontiff made that remark following the prayer of the Angelus on Sunday, urging everyone in Lebanon “to seek the right solutions along the path of dialogue.”

Recently; tension has rattled between security forces and protesters, who are blocking roads and bringing Lebanon to a standstill to press their demands for a complete overhaul of the political system.

"I would like to address a special thought to the dear Lebanese people, in particular to the young who have made their cries heard in the face of the social and economic challenges and problems of the country," Pope Francis said.

The Pope said a resolution to the crisis in Lebanon would be "with the support of the international community, that country may continue to be a space for peaceful coexistence and respect for the dignity and freedom of every person, to benefit of the entire Middle East".

Since October 17th, the protesters are demanding the removal of the entire political class, accusing politicians of all stripes of systematic corruption.

Lebanon’s government, proposed WhatsApp tax that set the country ablaze, announced an emergency reform package this week, which failed to appease protesters.

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