Lebanese police used tear gas against protesters near parliament

As the protesters tried to enter the parliament, fired the cops rubber bullets and tear gas. Protesters and police clashed Saturday evening in Beirut, after t

Lebanese police used tear gas against protesters near parliament

As the protesters tried to enter the parliament, fired the cops rubber bullets and tear gas.

Protesters and police clashed Saturday evening in Beirut, after the demonstrators had tried to enter the parliament area in the lebanese capital.

Protesters tried thus to enter the heavily guarded area around Nejmeh Square by penetrating through the stålbarrierer. It got special forces from the police to fire rubber bullets and tear gas against the demonstrators in order to disperse them.

In a statement from the security forces it sounds, that at least 20 officers have been injured during the disturbances. Three officers were among other things, being hit by rocks that were thrown by protesters.

Meanwhile, tells a source in the Lebanese Red Cross that at least 70 protesters experienced breathing problems as a result of tåregassen.

A protester tells that members of Lebanon's shi'ite Hezbollah movement and Amal movement, dressed in black joined the clashes shortly after midnight and began to beat the demonstrators.

The lebanese parliament headed by shiamuslimen Nabih Berri, who also is the head of the Amal movement, and has close links to Hezbollah.

president of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, is expected to hold discussions in the parliament on Monday in order to be able to appoint a new prime minister. He is given the task to form a new government that must tackle the serious economic crisis, the country is in.

A regeringskilde said Saturday that the parliament is likely to give the task to Saad al-Hariri again.

Hariri resigned otherwise from the post on 29. October because of demonstrations against alleged corruption in the government. He leads an interim government until a new prime minister is appointed.

According to the lebanese law must premierministerposten be filled by a sunnimuslim. The president is a christian, while he is shiamuslim.

The current political crisis in Lebanon is the worst since the civil war from 1975 to 1990.

/ritzau/dpa

Updated Date: 15 December 2019, 04:00

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