Depositors storm Lebanon banks to demand their frozen money
A man walks outside a closed Byblos Bank branch, where a man, according to security source, was detained after holding up the bank to access his own savings, in the southern city of Ghazieh, Lebanon September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
Several employees of Kadischa Electricity stormed the FNB Bank in Tripoli in protest against the bank’s decision to deduct three percent of the employees’ salaries and dues, Lebanese News Agency (NNA) reported.
The employees said the bank has not handed over their salaries and wants to deduct three percent of their other dues, equivalent to 500,000 Lebanese pounds.
NNA said the employees vowed they will remain inside the bank until its administration retracts its “unjust decision.”
Banks were forced to shutter their branches last week after a spate of holdups by angry depositors demanding the release of their money. Banking officials have decided to only receive customers who have prior appointments, and they may be inspected on arrival.
A video circulating on social media also showed a Lebanese depositor, Ali Al-Sahli, storming a BLC Bank branch in Chtaura demanding his $24,502 deposit.
Al-Sahli, a retiree from Lebanon’s security force, had tried to sell his kidney to secure money to pay his son’s university fees in Ukraine after he was expelled due to failure of payment, according to the Lebanese Depositors Association.
Before storming the bank, he had repeatedly demanded his deposits, but to no avail.