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    Thousands of Lebanese marched through the main streets of the capital, Beirut, on Tuesday (August 28) in a demonstration that climaxed a 24-hour nationwide strike against rising prices.

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    Thousands of Lebanese marched through the main streets of the capital, Beirut, on Tuesday (August 28) in a demonstration that climaxed a 24-hour nationwide strike against rising prices. The stoppage closed down shops and offices and disrupted vital services. Banks, newspapers, public transport, electricity, water supplies and seaports were all affected. Workers at Beirut International Airport joined in with a token halt of one hour.

    In the evening demonstration, placard-waving protesters shouted slogans calling for action against monopolies. Four Members of Parliament and left-wing leaders joined in the march.

    The strike and rally were called by the General Federation of Labour, which represents about 100,000 workers in more than a hundred trade unions. the organisation threatened to bring out its members on an indefinite strike from September 28th, unless action was taken to curb inflation. But Federation President M. Gabriel Khoury stressed that the protests were not aimed at the Government. They were, he said "to underline the disgust of the workers with monopolists and hoarders who stand behind the crisis."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4P558JVFOGI8OC70KKGNQLHQS
    Media URN:
    VLVA4P558JVFOGI8OC70KKGNQLHQS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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