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Thousands rally in Beirut against proposed tax hikes

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Thousands rallied in Lebanon’s capital on Sunday against proposed tax hikes that the government has said are needed to avoid a $4bn budget deficit this year. 

Protesters chanted “we will not pay” and blamed corrupt politicians as they gathered in central Beirut’s Riad el-Solh square.

Police barricaded the entrance to the government headquarters and parliament building during Sunday’s demonstration, which followed three days of smaller protests in Beirut.

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Authorities are seeking to raise taxes to help pay for a deal on public sector pay increases, which is part of a wider effort led by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to approve the country’s first state budget in 12 years.

Lawmakers approved several tax hikes last week, the most prominent being a one percentage point increase on the sales tax.

In the coming weeks, parliament will vote on a number of other increases, all of which must be signed off by the president before taking effect

Source: News agencies

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/thousands-rally-beirut-proposed-tax-hikes-170319134859452.html

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