DFA tells Pinoys in Lebanon to remain indoors amid protests

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Posted at Oct 19 2019 11:32 PM

A demonstrator walks near a fire blocking a road during a protest targeting the government over an economic crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 18, 2019. Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday instructed Filipinos in Lebanon to take precaution amid anti-government protests there.

"Filipinos are urged to stay away from areas where protests are taking place, and to remain indoors as much as possible," the DFA said in a statement.

The Philippine embassy in capital Beirut said there are currently no reports of Filipinos affected by the protests.

"(The embassy) will continue to monitor the situation and will provide the corresponding public advisory, as necessary," the DFA said.

Filipinos can contact the embassy hotline number at (+961-3) 859-430 for assistance.

On Friday, anti-government protests fueled by rising fury over an economic crisis erupted across the country and descended into riots on the streets of Beirut.

Tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse.

-- With a report from Reuters