The demonstration turned violent and injuries were reported on both sides. The side of the ISF, where most forces were armed with batons, tear gas, helmets, and shields, reported at least 20 injuries.
On the civilian protesting side, which was unarmed, several injuries were reported among the unarmed and unprotected civilians who were hit with batons, suffocated with tear gas, and shoved away from the premises.
Many protesters had to be treated in aid cars nearby and at least 10 cases of suffocation from the tear gas were reported. At least 3 journalists were injured by the ISF while they were reporting the incident.
When the ISF posted a video and stated the number of injuries among its forces, indicating the broken glass at Fahmi’s building, many Twitter users replied with pictures of the Beirut Blast victims.
The replies were a reminder that over 200 people died from the August 4 explosion which is the reason for their protest for justice. Some demanded to know why the ISF is protecting those responsible for the tragedy.
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