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World Lebanon police fire tear gas at protesters in violent 'week of rage'

19:40  18 january  2020
19:40  18 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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A protest in Chile's capital Santiago turned violent , Friday, October 25, with police firing tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators. Hundreds of trucks drove slowly on a main highway that skirts the capital of Santiago, where stone-throwing protesters have fought riot police for more than a week .

Police in Paris have fired tear gas on protesters as a fourth weekend of anti-government protests turned violent . Up to 5,000 demonstrators have Last week , hundreds of people were arrested and scores injured in violence in Paris - some of the worst street clashes in the French capital for decades.

Lebanese police fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of anti-government protesters in downtown Beirut on Saturday, as the monthslong demonstrations turned violent in what is being called a "week of rage."

Lebanon protests turn violent for second night

  Lebanon protests turn violent for second night Lebanon protests turn violent for second nightLebanon has been swept by a wave of mostly peaceful protests aimed at the country's elite that prompted Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign on Oct. 29, pushing the country deeper into economic crisis.

For the first time in three months of intermittent protests , the commercial centre of Beirut had become the scene of clashes. Police fired tear gas and

What started last month in Hong Kong as protests against a proposed extradition law has tonight reached a crescendo.

CNN reporters on the ground near Martyrs' Square saw demonstrators throw molotov cocktails, rocks and fireworks at police, and shine lasers at them to disrupt successive rounds of tear gas, in a violent nighttime exchange that has been going on for more than two hours.

Demonstrations over one of the country's worst-ever economic crises began in mid-October and led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is now leading the country in a caretaker role.

Protests have been going on ever since, but had largely been peaceful. They erupted in violence this week as demonstrators began smashing bank windows and ATMs. Clashes with police have left dozens injured.

Lebanese block roads as protests enter fourth month

  Lebanese block roads as protests enter fourth month Protesters blocked several main roads across Lebanon on Friday as unprecedented demonstrations against a political elite accused of corruption and incompetence entered their fourth month. The protest movement rocking Lebanon since October 17 has resurged this week, over delays in forming a new cabinet to address the country's growing economic crisis.

Police had warned protesters against deviating from an approved route for Saturday's pro-democracy march, saying they would intervene if "Every protest is getting more and more dangerous and more and more violent ." The first rounds of tear gas were fired by police in the harborside district of Tsim

Pushed back by riot police with tear gas and a water cannon, "yellow vest" protesters continue to gather at the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the top of Paris'

Protesters have grown increasingly frustrated as the country has been unable to form a legitimate government for more than three months.

The banking system has all but collapsed and Lebanese citizens have a monthly withdrawal limit worth around $200. The nation's currency has lost 60% of its value in the months of tumult, as prices soar and people are left unable to pay their regular bills.

Lebanese Interior Minister Raya Haffar El Hassan was forced to apologize after security forces attacked journalists at protests on Wednesday, saying officers were under stress and were struggling to keep up with the months of demonstrations.

Reuters, Lebanon's MTV and Al Jadeed TV said members of their crews were injured during clashes in central Beirut while they were covering protests outside the Helou barracks, that belong to the Internal Security Forces.

"The [security forces] members are tired. They are very tired. They are worried about themselves just as you are worried about yourselves. They are on alert. They're not sleeping. They're being insulted. They're getting stones thrown at them. They're getting [pieces of] metal thrown at them. So when they crack, oppression [of protesters] is the result. Is it excusable? No, it isn't excusable. But you have to put yourselves in their shoes for a minute," she told reporters.

Lebanese security fire water cannons at protesters .
Lebanese security forces on Saturday fired water cannons and tear gas at anti-government protesters trying to breach a security barricade outside government headquarters in central Beirut. © Reuters/ALI HASHISHO A demonstrator holds the Lebanese flag during a protest against the newly formed government outside the government headquarters in downtown Beirut Some protesters among the hundreds who had gathered for a planned march managed to open a metal gate blocking their way but were pushed back.

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