Clashes for the first anniversary of the explosion in the port of Beirut

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A first birthday with pain. Huit personnes ont été hospitalisées et des dizaines prises en charge près du Parlement libanais dans des heurts, ce mercredi, between the forces de sécurité et des centaines de protesters venus marquer the premier anniversaire de l’explosion du port de Beyrouth, indicated the Croix -Red.

As well as the milliers of Libanais are located in the port, the centaines of the authors are directed to the Parlement non loin de là, the tentant certains of franchir les barbelés et les blocs de béton arigés en mur et bloquant les différentes entrées menant vers le Building.

The protesters then threw stones at the security forces, who responded with tear gas and water cannons to disperse them. Police officers also beat some protesters with batons. In a statement, the internal security forces (ISF) warned that “they will resort to legitimate and proportionate means in accordance with the laws in force against non-peaceful protesters.”

A few hundred meters from the fighting, a mass was held near the port in tribute to the victims of the deadly explosion that devastated the port and entire districts of Beirut on August 4, 2020.

Les milliers de Libanais qui ont afflué vers le secteur du port voulaient commémorer the premier anniversaire of cette tragédie, but also claim that justice soit faite alors qu’aucun coupable n’a encore été played et that those responsible continue to de faire barrage à l ‘ poll.

The explosion – which left 214 dead and more than 6,500 injured – was caused by hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, stored for years in a dilapidated warehouse and “without precautions,” the government admitted. Relatives of victims and activists are calling in particular for the lifting of parliamentary immunity after which some deputies and former ministers take refuge in the sights of justice.

At the same time, at noon, a Conference in Support of Lebanon was inaugurated, organized by France and the UN. The participating states pledged to provide about $ 370 million in aid to the population, organizers said in a statement. Participants again called for “the formation of a government dedicated to saving the country” and expressed concern about the delays in the investigation.

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