Anti-Government Demonstrations Intensify

Apr 30, 2020

On 28 April 2020, anti-government demonstrations intensified across the country, with major protests occurring in the capital city Beirut, the northern city of Tripoli and the southern city of Sidon. Demonstrators used Molotov cocktails to attack at least 12 major banks across the country. In Beirut, large crowds of demonstrators marched along al-Hamra Street, as well as in the Mar Elias neighborhood. Protesters threw stones at security forces, and blocked major thoroughfares in the city, including the main highway between Beirut and southern cities.

Meanwhile in Tripoli, demonstrators vandalized at least two major banks. Outside the home of former Prime Minister Najib Miqati, security forces deployed tear gas against protesters, who responded by throwing rocks. In Sidon, protesters threw at least six Molotov cocktails at a branch of Lebanon’s central bank. The extent of the damage to the building is unknown, although it was unoccupied at the time. Additional protests occurred in Nabatieh, the Bekka Valley, and Akkar. A total of at least 80 security personnel and 30 protesters were injured during the nationwide demonstrations.

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