A fire broke out near the parliament building as protesters clashed with police in nearby squares and streets • Two ministers and three MPs have already resigned in protest
Protesters near the parliament building in Beirut // Photo: AP
Lebanon's political crisis worsens: Thousands of protesters try to break into the Lebanese parliament building this evening (Sunday) and confront police forces, in protest of last week's bombing in Beirut that claimed the lives of 158 people and wreaked havoc in downtown Beirut.
The protesters broke into the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Housing, all located on the streets near the Parliament building and set fire to tires and office equipment near the Parliament building. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Videos uploaded on social media show angry demonstrators calling on security forces to stop suppressing the demonstrations and confront the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The demonstrators shouted at the police that they were "afraid of Hezbollah."
At the same time, pictures were published on the Internet of Hezbollah members firing firearms at demonstrators, last night in a demonstration of tens of thousands against the government and the terrorist organization. During that demonstration, more than 400 demonstrators were injured.
Meanwhile, the political situation in Lebanon continues to deteriorate as Prime Minister Hassan Diab threatens to resign following the huge protest that erupted yesterday in the capital, Beirut. Two ministers have already announced their resignations from the government, including Communications Minister Manel Abdel-Al-Samad. And Environment Minister Naama Ephram. Three MPs also announced their resignations.