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Anti-government protesters wave Lebanese national flags as gather during separate civil parade at the Martyr square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Protesters gathered for alternative independence celebrations, converging by early afternoon on Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut, which used to be the traditional location of the official parade. Protesters have occupied the area, closing it off to traffic since mid-October. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Parallel national day rallies by Lebanon protesters, leaders

Nov. 22, 2019 10:41 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s protesters and top politicians held competing Independence Day celebrations Friday, reflecting the deepening rift that has beset the country grappling with its worst political and economic crises in decades. The top leadership attended a truncated military parade which was...