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About 20 were injured in clashes between police and protesters in Beirut during Macron’s visit

Around 20 people were injured in clashes between protesters and police near the Lebanese parliament in Beirut, at the same time as a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, who met with key local authorities.

The Lebanese Red Cross, which sent eight teams to the unrest area, reported on its Twitter account that it supported about twenty people, most of them on the ground.

The protest began peacefully as a new mobilization to blame the political class for the situation the country is in, evidenced by the devastating explosions in the port of Beirut, in which nearly 200 people died.

About 20 were injured in clashes between police and protesters in Beirut during Macron’s visit
About 20 were injured in clashes between police and protesters in Beirut during Macron’s visit

However, a group of people went to parliament, which led to clashes with security forces. According to the Naharnet news portal, officials fired tear gas to prevent protesters from breaking the police chain.

Street pressure against the political class has not eased, despite the appointment of diplomat Mustafa Adib as the new Prime Minister to replace Hasan Diab, who has stepped down amid escalating tensions over the explosions in the capital’s port.

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