Protesters Trapped Central Bank Governor In A Building In Beirut

REUTERS/Jamal Saidi | @LebanonUprising

On Friday evening, protesters stormed ESA Business School in Clemenceau, Beirut, and trapped the Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh who was alleged to be inside the building.

According to protesters, Salameh was reportedly invited to give a lecture. At the time of writing, he is believed to still be inside, along with former minister Mohamed Choucair.

The demonstrators are calling for support from all the people affected by the financial policies that led to the “stealing” of their money and eventually the collapse of the Lebanese economy.

Riot police were immediately available on the scene and clashes broke out between the security forces and protesters.

Multiple injuries were reported, including that of activist lawyer Wassef Al-Harakeh, who was rushed to the hospital.