Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Water Cannons Fired at Stone-Throwing Protesters in Beirut

W460

Security forces on Sunday fired rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons at stone-throwing protesters in central Beirut, a day after almost 400 people were injured in the fiercest clashes yet in the protests that have been rocking the country since October 17.

At least four people were injured by rubber bullets, including Al-Jazeera reporter Ihab al-Oqdeh and al-Jadeed cameraman Mohammed al-Samra.

The Lebanese Red Cross said ten people were wounded by 7:00 pm.

Some protesters had charged at riot police with metallic barriers and rods. Some of them later started hurling stones and firecrackers at riot police guarding Nejmeh Square.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters had converged on the center of the capital Sunday afternoon despite the rainy weather.

Nearby, the army’s Commando Regiment deployed heavily with dozens of vehicles and troops, some of whom were carrying shoulder-fired missile launchers.

"Revolutionaries, free people, we will complete this path," some protesters chanted, some wearing colorful waterproof ponchos or clutching umbrellas.

A protester called Mazen said he and others were "fed up with politicians."

"After three months of revolution, they have proven to us that they don't change, don't listen, and have nothing to give," the 34-year-old said.

Protesters have demanded a new government be comprised solely of independent experts, and exclude all established political parties they accuse of being motivated by personal and partisan gains.

The World Bank has warned the poverty rate in Lebanon could rise from a third to half of the population if the political crisis is not resolved soon.

Comments 4
Thumb doodle-dude 19 January 2020, 18:15

lol @ 'some of whom were carrying shoulder-fired missile launchers'

Missing keserwaniaseel 19 January 2020, 20:55

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/268328-more-than-80-soldiers-killed-in-yemen-missile-drone-attack

i wonder how the mitwali feels about the mitwalis attacking a sunni mosque

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 January 2020, 21:17

Our illustrious army, please post more pictures of the head of the army lebanons real savior looool.....

Thumb libanaisresilient 20 January 2020, 05:29

I liked the colorful waterproof ponchos and clutching umbrellas, Keeping up a Good sense of humor prevents a Mass Suicide. Politicians are so busy trying to fake a Government of Independent Technocrats that they completely ignore the fact that the country is being destroyed, when they finally finish the cabinet line up there will be nothing left for them to steal.