Lebanese troops move in to open roads closed by protesters

Lebanese troops move in to open roads closed by protesters
Anti-government protesters shout slogans against the Lebanese government in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Prime Minister Saad Hariri briefed western and Arab ambassadors Tuesday of a reform plan approved by the Cabinet that Lebanon hopes would increase foreign investments to help its struggling economy amid wide skepticism by the public who continued in their protests for the sixth day. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops have moved in to open several major roads in Beirut and other cities, scuffling in some places with anti-government protesters who had blocked the streets for the past week.

Thousands of troops deployed in Beirut and its suburbs, and in the southern cities of Sidon and Tyre to clear the roads on Wednesday.

Beirut’s northern suburb of Zouk Mosbeh witnessed scuffles between protesters and troops who managed to briefly open the main highway to the capital before it was blocked again.

Nationwide demonstrations that began last week grew larger on Monday, after Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced a package of economic reforms the government hopes would help revived the struggling economy.

The protesters have denounced Hariri’s package as empty promises and are demanding the resignation of his Cabinet.