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A massive demonstration in Beirut ... and clashes between security and protesters

A massive demonstration in Beirut … and clashes between security and protesters

Beirut is witnessing tonight, Wednesday, a massive demonstration in The first anniversary of the port explosion Which left more than 200 dead and 6,500 injured.

From today’s protests in Beirut

What is remarkable about this demonstration, which demands to know the truth about The reasons for this explosion and the responsibility of those responsible Above him, the absence of party flags among the protesters.

A minute’s silence was observed during the demonstration, at the time of the catastrophic explosion.

From today's demonstration in Beirut

From today’s demonstration in Beirut

There were skirmishes and a stampede between protesters and the army in around the port of Beirut. Clashes also broke out between security forces and protesters in central Beirut.

Clashes also broke out between protesters and security in front of the parliament building, when protesters threw stones at the entrance to the parliament and tried to cross the main gate. For their part, the security forces fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the protesters in front of Parliament.

From today's protests in Beirut

From today’s protests in Beirut

While Lebanese security forces were reported to have fired rubber bullets at protesters in the vicinity of Parliament, security denied this. Reports indicate that the protesters breached the entrance to Parliament and set fire near its door.

The army brought in reinforcements, while protesters set fire to various places in the capital.

For its part, the Lebanese Red Cross announced that so far 9 injured have been transferred from the center of the capital and from the Gemayzeh area, which is witnessing demonstrations, to hospitals, while 45 injured were treated at the scene.

From today's demonstration in Beirut

From today’s demonstration in Beirut

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Lebanese banks, companies and government offices closed Wednesday as Lebanon commemorates the first anniversary of the terrible explosion in the port of Beirut.

The grim anniversary comes amid an unprecedented economic and financial collapse and political stalemate that has kept the country without a functioning government for a year.

From today's demonstration in Beirut

From today’s demonstration in Beirut

The explosion, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, was the result of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate igniting after a fire broke out in its storage area.

The documents showed that high-burning nitrates were randomly stored at the port in 2014 and that many high-ranking officials over the years were aware of their existence and did nothing.

A year later, there has been no accountability and investigations have yet to answer questions like who ordered the chemicals and why officials ignored repeated internal warnings about their danger.