Week of Wrath

Jan 16, 2020

On 14 January 2020, thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Beirut to participate in the “week of wrath” protests against the policies of the Central Bank and the current political impasse in the country. Protesters blocked major highways in and around Beirut during demonstrations. On Hamra Street near the Central Bank building, protesters threw rocks at police officers — whoresponded by deploying tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd — and vandalized several other bank buildings along Hamra Street. Officers arrested at least 59 people; there were no reports of injuries. Protests also occurred in the northern city of Tripoli, located approximately 80 km (50 mi) north of Beirut, although these demonstrations remained largely peaceful.

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