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Labor union calls for a protest in Beirut.

Summary: A labor union Wednesday announced a protest for this week in Beirut to call on the government to take action against the scandals which have been brought to light and address the socio-economic crisis.

BEIRUT: A labor union Wednesday announced a protest for this week in Beirut to call on the government to take action against the scandals which have been brought to light and address the socio-economic crisis.

"Our protest Friday, April 8 in Riad al-Solh Square will be to express the abhorrence and the anger of the Lebanese people over these scandals and [protest] against the rampant corruption," head of the Independent Union Movement Hanna Gharib said after a union meeting in Beirut's Moseitbeh.

Gharib said the union was to unite the Lebanese people over demanding for their rights in all sectors and bring an end to the corruption being practiced by the ruling political class.

"These politicians are always in agreement over how to divide the shares between one another and agree on targeting us. They use sectarian incitement to weaken our ranks as unions," he added.

While the Telecommunications Ministry revealed a scandal over illegal internet providers last month, another scandal involving the Internal Security Forces showed that some officers and personnel in the security agency were guilty of embezzlement.

Last week, the ISF broke the largest sex slavery ring, freeing 75 women.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7LEBA
Date:Apr 7, 2016
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