To Lebanon's oligarchs, Tripoli's working class lives are just collateral damage

For Tripoli’s working class, escaping death and misery is no easy feat. If those who have so far escaped unemployment abide by the lockdown rules, their means of subsistence is lost, especially those in informal, low-paying jobs with no guaranteed income for the days they can’t get to work. If they speak up, their voices will be ignored until they riot. And when they riot, they are met with the fiercest of repressive reactions by security forces, including live bullets shot directly at their bodies. Tripoli’s streets have witnessed all three of these scenarios in the last few days. What starte…

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