Lebanon Explosion: Government’s Negligence Triggers Violent Protests In Beirut

Lebanese security forces had to use tear gas to disburse dozens of anti-government demonstrators.

Neel Raju Nalawade

August 7, 2020

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Two days after the massive explosion that ripped through the city of Beirut, citizens are out on the streets of Lebanon protesting against the Lebanese Government’s negligence. Thousands of people have lost their homes and are now stranded on the streets. According to news reports, a violent protest took place near the entrance to the parliament building in central Beirut on Thursday, August 6. People in the city are angered due to the actions of corrupt government authorities that led to at least 150 people getting killed while injuring more than 5000.

Lebanese security forces had to use tear gas to disburse dozens of anti-government demonstrators. So far, the security forces have arrested 16 people as a part of the probe. Sources also claim that the Lebanese Ambassador to Jordan has resigned over the issue of negligence. Also, Lebanese Justice Minister Mary-Claude Najem was heckled when she tried to address the protestors and defuse the situation.

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