That has trapped the cost savings of depositors in Lebanon's worst economic crisis considering that the 1975-1990 civil war. "What happened last night comes from people's real pain and anger", he told the AFP news agency.
Beirut's most bustling commercial boulevards, Hamra Street, also packed with theaters and restaurants, was deserted late Tuesday save for protesters and security forces.
Secretary General of Lebanese Red Cross Georges Kettaneh announced on Wednesday that 35 people were injured in the evening clashes between the Lebanese army and protesters in Mar Elias, Beirut, LBCI local TV channel reported.
On Wednesday morning in the capital's Hamra neighborhood, many bank branches were left with broken windows, destroyed ATMs and graffiti-painted walls after a violent protest the night before. Streets were blocked and the windows of banks and currency exchanges were smashed. "You have to go to the bank twice to withdraw only $ 200".
With little change in sight, protesters also angered by a financial crisis they blame on Lebanon's oligarchs resumed their rallies with renewed determination on Tuesday after a holiday lull.
"We call on the authorities to immediately end the use of excessive force, immediately release anyone detained for peaceful protest, and hold those responsible for arbitrary or abusive force responsible in a transparent and impartial manner".
Security forces injured a Reuters video journalist who was treated in hospital and released.
Since the middle of last month, banks have put curbs on the withdrawal of dollars in the country.
Sparked by a grinding liquidity crunch, the controls are increasingly forcing depositors to deal in the plummeting pound, amounting to what experts are calling a de facto banking "hair cut".
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Israeli aircraft earlier in December also bombed Hamas sites, including military camps and a naval base, the report also said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week warned Israel would strike a "resounding blow" if attacked by Iran.
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There was also the fact that she was trapped on a plane with this man and there was nowhere she could go to get away from him. Samo hopes that the lawsuit will remind not only American but other airlines of their duty to help passengers and the public.
Panic and anger gripped the public as they watched their local currency, pegged to the dollar for nearly three decades, plummet, losing more than 60% of its value in recent weeks.
The official rate was pegged at 1,507 Lebanese pounds to the dollar in 1997.
Demonstrators accuse banks of holding their deposits hostage while allowing politicians, senior civil servants and bank owners to transfer funds overseas.
To compound the situation, Lebanon's debt-laden government has been without a government since Saad Hariri resigned as prime minister on October 29 under pressure from anti-government protests.
Since Hariri's resignation, the country has not come up with an economic rescue plan or agreed a new government.
"Rebel, Beirut", dozens of protesters chanted as they marched to the sound of drums towards the home of premier-designate Hassan Diab, who has struggled to form a cabinet since he was named on December 19.
Meanwhile, Hariri and speaker of the parliament, Nabih Beri, condemned the violent protests against the banks.
United Nations envoy to Lebanon Jan Kubis criticized the Lebanese political class on Wednesday, telling them to blame themselves for the "dangerous chaos" instead of blaming people angry about their "free-falling economy".