The fourth ministry stormed in Beirut in 24 hours. This time, protesters are trying to take over the Lebanese Ministry of Energy.
Earlier, residents began storming the Ministry of Economy, the Lebanese Banking Association buildings and captured the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier Reuters, citing law enforcement agencies, reported that Lebanese security forces opened fire in the area of the parliament building while trying to disperse protesters. In addition, the police used tear gas to protect public order.
In total, about 7,000 protesters gathered in Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut, some of them throwing stones.
On Saturday, protests are taking place in the Lebanese capital, demanding the resignation of the incumbent authorities because of the August 4 explosion at the port. Protesters chant: “People want the fall of the regime”, “Revolution. Revolution”, and they hold posters with the words “Go away, you are all murderers”. Demonstrators have occupied the Lebanese Foreign Ministry building.
Over 170 people were injured in the protests. According to the latest figures from the Lebanese branch of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 55 injured persons were taken to hospitals and 117 were treated on site.
An explosion in the Beirut port area occurred on 4 August. A 2.7 tons of ammonium nitrate fired during welding operations. The facades of dozens of buildings were destroyed and damaged. According to seismologists, the explosion power was comparable to an earthquake of magnitude 4.5.
The perpetrators of the tragedy will be set up by a military tribunal.