Lebanese security forces used tear gas on Thursday evening to disperse dozens of demonstrators in the streets following the gigantic deadly explosions that took place this week in the port of Beirut, which have become a symbol of incompetence and the corruption of the authorities.
As protesters vandalized shops and threw stones at police officers in the parliament district, police responded with tear gas to disperse the crowds injuring some protesters, said the NNA, the National News Agency. Lebanese.
Security forces throw tear gas at protesters outside #Lebanon parliament
What are they protecting? A hollow, destroyed building that used to be inhabited by politicians that have lost all credibility? You may not want to rebuild but at least let us do it
These incidents occur on the eve of a major anti-government demonstration, scheduled for Saturday in this country in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis.
Caused on Tuesday by a fire in the warehouse where 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years at the port of Beirut, the huge explosion left at least 149 dead and 5,000 injured, not to mention dozens of missing and hundreds thousands of homeless people.
Lebanese authorities say the warehouse exploded after a fire. Port authorities, customs and some security services were aware that hazardous chemicals were stored there, but they blamed each other.