Protests and demonstrations in Lebanon – Marwan Naamani
At least 105 people have been injured during the serious riots this Saturday between protesters and security forces in the immediate vicinity of the headquarters of the Lebanese Parliament in Beirut in the context of social protests started in October. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has ordered the deployment of the Army.
“Thirteen Lebanese Red Cross teams are active in the protests of downtown Beirut. More than 40 people have been transferred so far to nearby hospitals and more than 65 have been treated in the same place. Additional teams are prepared to intervene if if necessary, “the Lebanese Red Cross has published through its Twitter account.
The protesters have thrown stones, metal bars, tree branches and pyrotechnic devices to riot agents, who used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.
After the riots, the Lebanese Presidency has informed that President Aoun has asked the Ministers of Defense, Interior and Security “to protect the security of peaceful protesters, avoid riots, guarantee the security of public and private property and restore the order in the center of the capital, “as the Presidency has published in its Twitter account.
Previously, the security forces had denounced the “violent aggressions” against the agents and had asked the peaceful protesters to move away from the disturbances to safeguard their security.
These clashes have caused numerous injuries both among protesters and among agents to the point that the Red Cross works tirelessly to move those affected to nearby hospitals.
Demonstrations in Lebanon began on October 17, with protesters from different religious groups accusing the Government of mismanagement and corruption. In response to the demonstrations, Prime Minister Saad Hariri referred his resignation from the post of Prime Minister to the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun.