Lebanon sees violent anti-government protest

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-06 23:34:51|Editor: huaxia

BEIRUT, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on Saturday in Beirut's downtown area calling for the overhaul of the political system in Lebanon, MTV local TV channel reported.

Protesters threw stones at security forces and destroyed shops' windows near the Parliament.

Meanwhile, security forces who were deployed in the area closed streets in the downtown while riot police fired tears gas at the demonstrators.

Some protesters demanded the disarmament of Hezbollah and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1559, which sparked anger among supporters of the two Shiite parties prompting them to run toward a crowd of protesters.

The Lebanese have been suffering from dire economic circumstances in the past few months due to successive failing policies adopted by previous governments which led to an accumulated public debt of over 89 billion U.S. dollars. Enditem