Technology Lebanon reportedly drops planned WhatsApps tax as protests sweep the country
24-year-old from Lebanon accused of strangling man then fleeing
Police arrested and charged a Lebanon man Wednesday after he allegedly strangled another man and then fled from authorities earlier this week. According to Maine State Police, troopers responded to a home in Lebanon around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26 to reports of an assault. As soon as they arrived, police say they learned that Sumner Knowles, 24, of Lebanon had reportedly strangled another man. Knowles had taken off before troopers arrived, but a warrant was issued for aggravated assault. On August 28 around 10 a.m., police say they spoke with Knowles on the phone.
Lebanon has reportedly withdrawn plans to impose a tax on WhatsApp calls as protests across the country continued on Friday. Demonstrators blocked major roads and in some cases set fire to buildings during and accusations of corruption, reported CBS News.
The protests were reportedly triggered on Thursday by news that the government to make calls, such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber. The government reversed the plan hours later as people took to the streets, according to the BBC.on apps that use
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Lebanon government officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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Lebanon: the pressure of the street, the parties accept a reform plan of Prime Minister Saad Hariri
The main political leaders answered Sunday the Prime Minister's ultimatum, agreeing to no longer impose new taxes and a privatization program.
They were conspired for several days in the streets of. The main Lebanese parties have finally accepted a series of reforms proposed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, government sources told AFP on Sunday (October 20th).
Faced with, the head of government had given three days to his government to endorse these reforms, hitherto blocked by political divisions. This ultimatum expires Monday in the early evening.
The main political leaders answered Sunday this ultimatum, agreeing to no longer impose new taxes and a privatization program, told AFP a government official on condition of anonymity. Saad Hariri "sent his plan to all parties concerned and received their agreement," said the official, citing the two major groups with the majority in government, the Free Patriotic Movement (MPL) and Hezbollah.
A council of ministers should give Monday morning its formal approval, in the presence of President Michel Aoun.Hundreds of Thousands of People on
Street The latestevents were triggered by the unannounced announcement on Thursday of a new tax on calls made via messaging apps like WhatsApp.
The televised speech the day after Saad Hariri was widely interpreted by the protesters as an attempt to save the political class in extremis. It is booed on the street for its corruption and its inability to carry out reforms, in a country with deliquescent infrastructures.
Sunday, for the fourth day in a row, the Lebanese have descended throughout the country to demand the departure of the entire political class. The mobilization has grown further to reach hundreds of thousands of people.
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Lebanon is on the verge of economic collapse unless an "immediate solution" can be found to end days of nationwide protests that have paralyzed the country, Central Bank Governor Riad Salame told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday. © Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - Lebanese demonstrators wave national flags as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. - Thousands continued to rally despite calls for calm from politicians and dozens of arrests.
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