Lebanese Police Clash with Protesters on Beirut Blast Anniversary

Lebanese police have clashed with angry protesters demanding accountability for last year’s Beirut port explosion near parliament in central Beirut.

Riot police reportedly used batons, tear gas, and water cannons against the protesters who were trying to get inside the parliament building. 

The Red Cross reported that six people were hospitalized during the clashes while many more were treated on site.

“We will not forget and we will not forgive them ever. And if they can’t bring them to account, we will by our own hands,” said protester Hiyam al-Bikai whose son was killed in the accident a year ago. 

There were also thousands of protesters that gathered at the port carrying protest banners and photos of the blast victims. 

A huge metal gavel with the words “Act for Justice” was also installed on a wall opposite the port near the words “My government did this” scrawled in black.

Currently, there is no information on who ordered the shipment of the chemicals at the port and why officials ignored repeated internal warnings of its dangers. 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has already called for an international probe into the blast and said Lebanese authorities were trying to disrupt investigations. 

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