Lebanese official slams clashes between political parties' supporters, civil society protesters

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-26 00:11:39|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BEIRUT, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri slammed on Monday the clashes that started a day earlier in Beirut's downtown between civil society protesters and supporters of two Shiite political parties, the National News Agency reported.

Around 10 people were injured due to the clashes between civil society protesters who blocked Beirut's Ring Bridge and supporters of two Shiite political parties Hezbollah and Amal Movement.

"What happened is condemned by all standards," said Berri, who is head of Amal Movement.

He also called on the Lebanese army and security agencies to ensure that all roads are opened to facilitate the transport of citizens throughout the country.

"We call upon the Lebanese army and Internal Security Forces to make sure that all roads are opened at all times in a bid to avoid violence," he said.

The clashes lasted until Monday early morning while security forces had to use tears gas to disperse the two groups.

Lebanese authorities have so far failed to put an end to nationwide demonstrations which started on Oct. 17 in Lebanon aimed at toppling the current political ruling class.