Daily Mail: ‘We are at war with our government’: Protesters clash with police and the army in Beirut as an officer is killed and at least 60 demonstrators are wounded amid calls to overthrow Lebanon’s government after devastating explosion
* Violent clashes between protestors and security forces have led to several fires in buildings and on streets
* Five thousands people marched on central Beirut as they vented their fury at Lebanon’s political class
* Demonstrators threw stones and build mock gallows as they blamed the government for Tuesday’s blast
* Nearby, veterans stormed foreign ministry calling for ‘revolution’ but were later forced out by the army
* The explosion killed 158 people and wounded 6,000, Lebanon’s health ministry said in a statement yesterday
Chaotic scenes returned to Beirut last night as violent clashes between anti-government protestors demanding regime change and security forces saw buildings damaged by Tuesday’s huge explosion set on fire.
The groups exchanged tear gas and molotov cocktails as night fell, with the army being drafted in to take control of Martyrs’ Square in the city centre. It is believed one police officer fell to his death following an ‘assault’ by protestors, and dozens of demonstrators are injured.
The blast of the Port of Beirut that ripped through the city – killing 150 people – has been seen as a direct consequence of the incompetence and corruption that have come to define Lebanon’s ruling class.
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Hundreds of protesters injured as anger simmers in Beirut: Live — Al Jazeera
Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police — AP
Lebanese protesters storm ministry buildings as anger over Beirut blast grows — Reuters
Lebanese protesters storm ministry buildings as anger over Beirut explosion grows — France 24
Lebanon: Protesters take over ministries after deadly blast — DW
Protesters raid gov’t buildings as fury grows over Beirut blast — Al Jazeera
Beirut explosion: Angry protesters storm government ministries — BBC
‘We need justice’: seething protesters descend on the streets of Beirut — The Guardian
Lebanese policeman killed in clashes with demonstrators in Beirut: police — Reuters
Shots fired, 110 injured during Beirut protests as anger erupts over deadly blast — ABC News Online
More than 110 wounded during Beirut protests, Red Cross tells media — Reuters
Beirut recovery effort gathers pace amid growing anger at Lebanon’s leaders — The Guardian
Beirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangar — The Guardian
Lebanon’s president rejects international probe into Beirut blast — France 24
Lebanese PM says only way out of crisis is holding early elections: statement — Reuters
Lebanon PM Hassan Diab to call for early vote after port blast — Al Jazeera
Lebanon faces ‘grim’ prospect of food, medical and housing shortages — DW
U.S. says supports right of Lebanese to peaceful protest, urges political reforms — Reuters
Factbox: Countries rally round Lebanon after Beirut blast — Reuters
Lebanon: Beirut blast deals fresh blow to a government struggling with popular discontent — France 24
Lebanon’s worst enemy is its own government — DW