15.12.2019 02:15:49

Lebanon: Police clash with anti-government protesters in Beirut

Anti-government demonstrations in Beirut turned violent Saturday, as hundreds of protesters clashed with security forces in the streets of the Lebanese capital.The violence was some of the worst in Beirut since nationwide anti-government demonstrations began in October. Anti-government protesters have accused Lebanon’s political class of steering the country into an economic crisis.Images of the confrontations showed clouds of tear gas smoke filling the streets. There were numerous reports of people passing out due to the heavy smoke. Read more: Rival protests in Lebanon over embattled President AounSecurity forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators, who threw stones at police and tried to break through barriers blocking roads to the parliament and government headquarters.The Lebanese Red Cross said on Twitter late Saturday that it had taken 10 people to the hospital and provided care to 33 injured people on the ground.The Lebanese Civil Defense said dozens of people were wounded in clashes, adding that the situation had calmed down by midnight.Clashes sparked by opposing campsThe clashes were sparked Saturday afternoon when an anti-government protest camp in central Beirut was raided by a group of Hezbollah and Amal supporters opposed to the anti-government protest movement.Security forces intervened, firing teargas to disperse the men who attacked the camp with stones and firecrackers.Read more: Opinion: Lebanon needs more than just protests and outrageThe initially limited confrontation at the protest camp then spread into protracted street clashes with security forces that that eventually drew in hundreds of anti-government protesters that had gathered near the parliament. Shiite Amal and Hezbollah are partners in Lebanon’s cross-sectarian government, and supporters of Hezbollah and Amal have attacked anti-government protest camps in several cities in recent weeks, angered by demonstrators’ criticism of their leaders. Read more: Lebanon protesters form human chain across the countryLebanon’s political crisis Saturday’s clashes involving opposing political camps and security forces comes as Lebanon looks to form a new government and find a way out of a protracted political crisis. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri stepped down two weeks after protests began in October. Since then, divided political parties have failed to agree on a new premier. Talks between parliamentary blocs are planned for Monday.The process of forming a government comes as Lebanon faces an economic crisis, as its currency loses value and the cost of living increases. wmr/sms (AFP, AP, Reuters)DW sends out a daily selection of the day’s news and features. Sign up here.這篇文章 Lebanon: Police clash with anti-government protesters in Beirut 最早出現於 The China Post。
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