The protests that erupted in downtown Beirut on August 8th became a subject of great controversy, more so than the previous ones.
The response from security forces on the ground was so violent that it prompted Human Rights Watch (HRW) to conduct an investigation into the weapons used, including live rounds, rubber bullets, and the security apparatus that used them.
The questions that HRW sent to the Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces on August 18th and 19th were not reportedly answered by either recipient for days.
As for Parliament Police, HRW initially contacted it on August 19th and got nothing in return for its questions other than the phrase “interview over” from an official who refused to give his name and hung up afterward.
Parliament Police also declined to comment after this update, HRW noted.
Following the protests of August 8th, HRW interviewed numerous protesters who were victims of the excessive violence, in addition to journalists, lawyers, and health workers, to collect information about the security forces’ use of lethal force.
While the use of the aforementioned weapons on that day was officially denied, the numerous photos and videos available online indicated otherwise, and so did the press conference that doctors later held to shed light on the brutality against the mostly peaceful protesters.
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