Thousands of Lebanese protest against government in Beirut

By REUTERS
August 23, 2015 02:17

 
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BEIRUT - Lebanese police fired tear gas and water cannon and shot in the air to try to disperse thousands of protesters in Beirut calling on the government to step down for mishandling a dispute which left rubbish uncollected in the streets for weeks.

Police and security forces cordoned off the center of the capital, around the parliament and government buildings, to thwart the biggest protest in recent months against authorities.

Police said 35 people, including protesters and police, were injured.

"The people want the overthrow of the regime," said protesters using the famous chants made by Arab protesters during the height of popular protests that swept the region after 2011 and toppled several longstanding rulers.


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