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Hundreds hurt as Lebanon protests turn violent

AFP, Beirut
Hundreds hurt as Lebanon protests turn violent
An anti-government protester walks through water cannon spray from security forces during clashes in the central downtown district of the Lebanese capital near the parliament headquarters on Saturday. AFP photo

Almost 400 people were wounded during running battles between Lebanese anti-government protesters and security forces in Beirut Saturday, rescuers said, the heaviest toll since the demonstrations erupted three months ago.

More street rallies were expected later Sunday as part of the wave of popular protests that has demanded the wholesale ouster of the Lebanese political class, which the activists condemn as inept and corrupt.

At least 377 people were injured—both protesters and members of the security forces—according to a toll compiled by AFP from figures provided by the Red Cross and Civil Defence. Protesters had called for a week of “anger” as an economic crisis deepened while efforts remained deadlocked to form a new government to replace a leadership that stepped down under street pressure late last year.

Saturday’s clashes began after dozens of protesters, some concealing their faces with scarves, threw rocks, plant pots and other objects at anti-riot police guarding the road leading to parliament in downtown Beirut.

Others tried to breach barbed wire barricades to reach the legislature building or charged police lines using traffic signs as weapons.

The security forces responded with water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds. An AFP photographer said security forces fired rubber bullets at the stone-throwing protesters as thick clouds of tear gas covered central Beirut. Human Rights Watch denounced what it called “the brutal use of force unleashed by Lebanon’s riot police against largely peaceful demonstrators”.

 

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