75 wounded as protestors clash with police in Beirut

Ruber bullets, tear gas and water cannons fired in downtown Beirut wound 75 protestors

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police officers gather outside parliament building in downtown Beirut

Lebanese police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse protestors who were organised by the YouReek campaign on Saturday, leaving around 75 protestors wounded.

Protestors had gathered against the government’s failure to solve a garbage crisis before police arrested most of them.

“35 members of its force were also wounded, including a number who were in critical condition, but the figure was widely seen as exaggerated,” police said.

Also according to a police report, 35 police officers were wounded and one of them is in a ciritical condition.

"Everyone who gave orders to shoot, and every police officer who shot at the protesters would be held accountable," Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk's wrote his personal twitter account.

The clashes spread to the Martyrs Square and other streets in downtown Beirut and its sphere. But after each dispersal, the protestors reorganised and returned to Riad al-Solh Square.

Police had stopped the demonstators who wanted to acces to the parliament building in Neijmah Square.

TRTWorld and agencies