Lebanese Anti-Est Protest Hijacked by Rioters - Police Respond Violently

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Live Coverage: #YouStink protest
Anti-government #YouStink protests continue in Beirut
23/08/2015

Anti-government protests continued in downtown Beirut for a second day Sunday, after a demonstration Saturday evening was suppressed by security forces with rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, water cannons, and even live bullets.

The demonstrations, organized by the Tol3et Ree7atkom ("You Stink") grassroots activist group, began as a response to a weeks-long garbage crisis but escalated this weekend into calls for the resignation of the cabinet, the holding of parliamentary elections, and the prosecution of members of the army, Internal Security Forces, and Parliamentary Guards who attacked protestors Saturday.

Below, NOW presents continuously-updated live coverage of Sunday's demonstrations in Riad al-Soleh Square.

[23:08] NNA: Mohamad Kassir was shot Sunday by unknown assailants in downtown Beirut, at a place relatively far from the area of confrontation, and was rushed to the American University Hospital in critical condition.

[22:55] NNA: Security Forces have seized full control of Riad Solh Square, which is now free of demonstrators, leaving behind the effects of the fires and chaos, NNA correspondent reported.

[22:43] NNA: Internal Security Forces reported that 30 of its members have been injured as a result of the clashes that took place at Riad Solh Square on Sunday, one of whom is in serious condition.

[22:36] Lebanese Red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh to LBCI: So far, the Red Cross has transported 37 injured protesters from downtown Beirut to nearby hospitals and has treated 200 protesters for minor injuries.

[22:27] NOW: Riot police have formed a line by the Grand Mosque. Protesters have blocked the entrance of Gemmayzeh street.

[22:09] LBCI: Protesters block Saadiyat highway with burning tires

[21:27] LBCI: Protesters block Khaldeh highway in response to protesters attempting to storm the Grand Serail

[21:51] NNA: Flames of the fire set by a number of rioters in Riad Solh Square has reached the grass in front of the ESCWA headquarters nearby, NNA correspondent reported.

[21:47] LBCI: Protesters are smashing shop windows in downtown Beirut

[21:44] Lebanese Red Cross: 30 protesters were transferred from downtown Beirut to nearby hospitals.

[21:39] LBCI: Clashes renewed in Riad al-Soleh Square

[21:33] NOW: Protesters are heading back to Riad al-Soleh Square

[21:26] NOW: Security forces are pushing protesters back with heavy tear gas, block by block. Protesters that are being tear gassed are returning to the streets. Several TV news crews have left the protest.

[21:17] The Lebanese Red Cross reported (via Twitter) that 16 people were injured during today's protest in downtown Beirut.

[21:14] LBCI: Several injuries reported during the clashes in Downtown Beirut, firing of tear gas is still ongoing

[21:05] LBCI: Protesters block Menyeh highway in support of Beirut protesters

[21:02] MTV: Security forces are firing rubber bullets at protesters

[20:56] NNA: Civil Rights Activist Imad Bazzi declared Sunday that "You Stink" Campaign "is in no way connected with the incidents in Riad Solh Square," and accused "some parties of sending their members to aggravate tension, causing chaos and confusion."

[20:53] NOW: Security forces fire tear gas canisters to break-up protesters

[20:52] NOW: Machine guns fired after dozens of protesters breached barrier

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Lebanese #YouStink Anti-Est Protest Hijacked by 'Sectarian Thugs'
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 04:37:17 PM »
CNN just reported via a Lebanese #YouStink protester: outside saboteurs are violently attacking police and provoking the conflict against peaceful people.

This report is being reported all over twitter right now.  A sample:



beirutlife ‏@beirut_life  28m28 minutes ago   Lebanon   
ramzimansour : "It's a shame that a peaceful protest was invaded by ignorants... #youstink" #beirut


@ghazayel  26m26 minutes ago 
Pictures of the infiltrators when they arrived to the peaceful sit in #beirut
#YouStink #طلعت_ريحتكم pic.twitter.com/ogBJqcNrV2
https://twitter.com/search?f=images&vertical=news&q=%23YouStink&src=typd

Sparrow ‏@jsv_sparrow  2h2 hours ago 
Guy carrying a road sign torn from its place. is this a person who wants to build a better life for #Lebanon???? #YouStink is being hijacked

Joey Ayoub جووي أيوب ‏@joeyayoub  2h2 hours ago 
Sectarian thugs destroying public property. Everyone leave. #Lebanon

Joey Ayoub جووي أيوب ‏@joeyayoub  2h2 hours ago 
Reminder: we ask everyone to go home. Protest is over. We are not associating ourselves with sectarian thugs. #Lebanon
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Lebanese Police Lay Siege to #YouStink Protesters
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2015, 11:51:43 AM »
via twitter:

Joey Ayoub جووي أيوب ‏@joeyayoub  23m23 minutes ago 
POLICE ATTACKING US. #Lebanon

Joey Ayoub جووي أيوب ‏@joeyayoub  51m51 minutes ago 
Police has cut the live broadcast of @LBCI_News_EN. This is getting scary. #Lebanon

Joey Ayoub جووي أيوب ‏@joeyayoub  1h1 hour ago 
#Beirut Police Chief tells Media to leave Environment Ministry area now. What are they preparing for us? #Lebanon

Joey Ayoub جووي أيوب ‏@joeyayoub  1h1 hour ago 
9 more army trucks surrounding us now. #Lebanon #طلعت_ريحتكم
Morality is contraband in war.
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