Lebanese protesters occupy Foreign Ministry & other govt buildings in Beirut (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Added 08-08-20 04:37:03pm EST - “Demonstrators who took to the streets of Beirut after the Lebanese capital was rocked by a massive blast earlier this week have stormed the Foreign Ministry and other government buildings, amid violent clashes with police.” - Rt.com
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Around 10,000 people gathered at Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut to accuse the government of negligence, which they say allowed a massive ammonium nitrate explosion to occur at the port on Tuesday.
The protesters initially tried storming the parliament, but police managed to repel the attack, employing tear gas, rubber bullets and, according to some reports, live fire.
The Red Cross said that more than 170 demonstrators were injured, with a third of them requiring hospitalization. One officer was killed in the clashes, according to the police.
But the Lebanese security forces apparently lacked the manpower to protect other government buildings.
The demonstrators first occupied the Foreign Ministry and raised a large banner atop it, reading “Beirut is a city without weapons.”
Big day in #Beirut Lebanon: Anti-Gov Protests across capital, 5 Parliamentarians Resigned and Protestors took over Foreign Ministry.Red Cross count: 22 hospitalized, 96 treated at location. Video from Foreign Ministry after takeover: pic.twitter.com/gxdHHocssq— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 8, 2020
إحراق مبنى وزارة الاقتصاد الذي أصيب بضرر كبير خلال انفجار بيروت pic.twitter.com/wpOVgvXJeu— LEB NOW⭕ (@leb_now) August 8, 2020
Protesters in Beirut have now stormed the Ministry of Energy and Water.pic.twitter.com/jggrkezsPW— Séamus Malekafzali (@Seamus_Malek) August 8, 2020
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