The streets of downtown Beirut has turned into a real vicious battlefield on Saturday, January 18, between the protesters and riot cops. The clashes resulted in more than 65 civilians hospitalized (as of this moment) and 100 wounded treated on ground by the Lebanese Red Cross.
For days, revolutionaries across Lebanon have called on people from all areas in Lebanon to protest on Saturday in one unified and centralized demonstration in Riad El-Solh, Beirut.
The call ensued at the officials failing to form a rescue government of independent experts. Three months after the onset of the Lebanese 17 October Revolution, the ruling politicians still struggle to form even a messed up government based on sects and political parties.
Three months of neglecting the urgent needs of an agonizing country and the pressing demands of a suffering people, while they go on with their own political-sectarian conflicts.
In massive groups, and under the slogan We Will Not Pay the Price, protesters marched their way to Riad El-Solh to pressure the 128 Parliament members – elected by the people to represent the people- decide the fate of a country going down, down, downhill.
ISF, Parliament cops, and riot cops denied setting fire to the tents and accused anyone trying to point fingers at them as people trying to cause strife and even more trouble.
Official Lebanese Internal Security Forces announced on twitter, “After the warnings, and after we have called out throughout media for peaceful demonstrators to leave the area, rioters will be chased down, arrested, and brought to justice.”
Around 7:17 pm, the Lebanese Red Cross confirmed that additional support teams arrived in downtown Beirut, adding that they raised their alert in order to respond to urgent requests of help.
Security forces have been sending out pleas to maintain the peace throughout the whole day, but all went in vain as more fireworks and rocks were thrown at security forces, and as more tar geas and chase-downs were done by security forces.
اكتر من مرة تعهدت انو احمي التظاهرات السلمية، وكنت دايمن اكد ع أحقية التظاهر. بس انو تتحول ه التظاهرات لاعتداء سافر على عناصر #قوى_الامن والممتلكات العامة والخاصة، فهو امر مدان وغير مقبول ابدا. @LebISF