Begging prohibited in Mount Lebanon
Lebanon, Local, 10/24/1997
Street begging, an all too common profession in Lebanon and one often practiced by children and teenagers, is now a thing of the past, according to Lebanon's National News Agency.
The agency on Thursday published a decision by Mount Lebanon Governor Mohammed Suhail Yammout, in which he announced that begging in Mount Lebanon, and particularly on main roads, public squares, in front of mosques and churches, schools, restaurants, nightclubs and other public places, was now prohibited and against the law.
It said the decision was taken in order to "safeguard Lebanon's image as a civilized country and in order to put a limit on some groups which have made begging a profession they take advantage of through uncivilized ways and means."
Yammout said police and municipalities were in charge of implementing the decision and ordered that violators be arrested.
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