Mid-morning on a Friday afternoon is around the time that merchants in Tripoli’s shopping district would usually think about closing their shops before prayer. But in the past months, around half of the stores have already closed, their steel shutters plastered with “For Rent” signs. They’re the latest victims of the financial crisis suffocating Lebanon’s economy.
Lebanon’s deteriorating economy
A young girl leads a chant at a protest in front of Tripoli's central bank. (Finbar Anderson)
Tripoli hit hard
Demonstrators protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon, Thursday October 24 - Reuters
Tripoli as a protest center
Tripoli protests, taken by Emily Lewis on November 17, 2019.(Emily Lewis)