Security Forces Deploy Tear Gas

Feb 12, 2020

On 11 February 2020, security forces deployed tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to disperse protesters who had gathered near the parliament building as well as the Annahar newspaper buildings in downtown Beirut. Protesters clashed with security forces as demonstrators attempted to breach concrete barriers around the parliament building. Protesters reportedly set fire to a bank building near Riad Solh Square in the city center, but there were no reports of casualties in that incident. Security personnel also fired tear gas at demonstrators attempting to block the entrance to the Beirut Naval Base. The primary goal of the demonstrations is to prevent a confidence vote in the Lebanese parliament and trigger new elections, as activists are concerned that the present government will implement the austerity measures. At least 280 people were injured across Beirut in the protest-related violence and 40 people were hospitalized. Protests are ongoing.

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