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Lebanon security forces, protesters clash for second night

Anti-government protesters rally in Beirut

Anti-government protesters rally in Beirut

Posted by NTV Houston on Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lebanese security forces fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday (January 19) to try to break up stone-throwing protesters in Beirut, which has been rocked by some of the worst violence since unrest erupted in October.

Sunday’s confrontation broke out near parliament a day after more than 370 people were wounded, the biggest casualty toll since the protests against the ruling elite began.

Unrest in the capital this week has deepened the multi-faceted crisis sweeping Lebanon as it grapples with financial strains that have sunk the currency, pushed up prices and driven banks to impose capital controls.

Politicians have failed to agree on a government or an economic rescue plan since the protests pushed Saad al-Hariri to quit as prime minister in October.

(Production: Imad Creidi, Aiden Nulty)

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