March 14 Protesters Clash with Security Forces in Riad al-Solh

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A clash erupted on Thursday evening between security forces and protesters from the March 14 youth organizations at the site of the open-ended sit-in demanding the departure of the government at the Riad al-Solh Square in downtown Beirut.

Media reports said some protesters were severely beaten by army troops, army intelligence agents and Parliament Police.

But Parliament Police issued a statement saying its members had nothing to do with the incident.

OTV quoted Speaker Nabih Berri's sources as saying that “Parliament Police had nothing to do with the clash that was caused by one of the protesters.”

Al-Manar television said protesters attacked the army and the security forces.

Protesters at the scene said a 17-year-old comrade was transporting three car tires on a motorcycle to use them to bolster up the tent erected by the National Liberal Party in the face of wind and rain.

“One of the tires slipped by accident and rolled towards the metal barrier erected by the army. When the young man approached the barrier to retrieve the tire, he was intercepted by a number of army troops and Parliament Police, who beat him up severely,” protesters said.

Comments 12
Missing shootingstar 26 October 2012, 01:29

Go home, get an education, get a job and thats how you win your country. Not by sit down, smoke hookah and drink all night. You are waisting your time. Its a shame that Lebanon got to this point.

Missing maroun 26 October 2012, 10:21

they are educated ,you are not

Missing maroun 26 October 2012, 13:05

FT every person has the right to protest ..did you forget your M8 lock down of Beirut few years back

Default-user-icon FlameCatcher (Guest) 27 October 2012, 17:41

Your disciplined "Sit in" / Camping laster 18 months. Blocked the governement, blocked parliament for exectuting their tasks. Paralysed the country. Ruined the economy ... and achieve absolutely nothing positive.

Nothing positive came out of M8. Nothing positive came out of this government except failed attempts to create buzz. NOTHING this governement has implemented can be considered a success... Electricity ? Nope... 3G ? Fail ! ... Internet ? Fail ... stop hallucinating my friend !

M8 leaders are a cancer that slowly spread throughout the country and kill it slowly but surely !

M8 want power but for what ? For what plans ? What vision ? you say no to stuff but havent proposed a solution to anything !


Missing peace 26 October 2012, 11:55

"Not by sit down, smoke hookah and drink all night"

hahaha! so M8 blocking the parliament and institutions for over than a year was normal, some M14 people do the same it is not! hahaha! M8 double standards as usual...
in both cases they are stupid! but just be fair and also criticize M8 for having set the bad example as berri pointed out!

Default-user-icon Joseph (Guest) 26 October 2012, 19:11

"Shootingstar"...LOL...An education? You misspelled "wasting"...."Not by sit down" isn't proper English. "It's" is a contraction, "Its" is a possessive adjective or pronoun. I suggest you get an education before you lecture others.

Missing beirutbastard00 26 October 2012, 03:33

No that's how u get a ticket out of this place... It's a joke now, no matter what u do the fact remains: nothing will ever b achieved. The man in charge of security was blown up. Realy now?

Missing greatpierro 26 October 2012, 09:18

Do you think it is that wrong to demonstrate peacefully? What is at stake is democracy. There has been a systematic elimination of one of the political forces in this country i.e. M14. All Lebanese including M8 should demonstrate as political plurality is in danger in this country.

Missing greatpierro 26 October 2012, 09:25

Your M14 Wahabi is pure propaganda to justify your position. Do you think really that M14 is vehiculating Wahabi's value in this country. Have you ever heard of M14 shouting to stop bars in Beirut?
When you have against you political forces backed blatantly by weapons, money, moukhabarat and pasdarans, well you need to go and get the help of countries that can support you, be it the US, France, or Saudi Arabia.

Missing peace 26 October 2012, 14:15

advanced lifestyle is measured by the capacity of the people to enjoy peace, have fun and leisure a country that preserve civil peace for everyone, and where all the parties obey the laws!

the contrary of what M8 aspires for...

Missing peace 26 October 2012, 12:22

funny to see how those M8 guys use this to make a big fuss about it when only one protestor is at the origin of this clash! they want to make believe that downtown was under attack LOL! just to fit their stupid propaganda...

Missing peace 26 October 2012, 18:35

just like the guy in tarik jdideh: a journalist from el manar was at the origin of the rumour just to make people hate sunnis from their and believe they are evil salafis....