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[Reportage] Lebanon: in Beirut, the determination of the demonstrators does not weaken

2020-01-21T01:16:01.390Z

In Lebanon, violent clashes between the police and the demonstrators left several hundred people injured this weekend. It is the most violent episode since the start of popular mobilization on October 17. Reactions in Beirut.



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Demonstration in Beirut, January 19, 2020. REUTERS / Mohamed Azakir

In Lebanon, violent clashes between the police and the demonstrators left several hundred people injured this weekend. It is the most violent episode since the start of popular mobilization on October 17. Reactions in Beirut.

With our correspondent in Beirut, Chloé Domat

Tear gas, batons and flashball, in just a few hours, more than 500 people were injured. However in the streets of Beirut, the determination of the demonstrators does not weaken. " Frankly, I don't think a revolution can be completely peaceful," said one of them. There must be violence because it's been three months and nothing has changed. We see no difference, the situation is even worse than when we started. It's dangerous of course, but it has to happen. Against politicians of course, not between Lebanese. "

Many of those beaten over the weekend, many like George, a 35-year-old salesperson, swear police violence will not make them back down. They will return to the streets to fight the regime they accuse of having ruined the country. We will continue until victory. We want to be able to live here, I no longer accept to think that I have to go to another country for my children to live well, that's all, ”he explains.

Monday afternoon, the President of the Republic Michel Aoun called the police to distinguish peaceful demonstrators and troublemakers. New rallies are planned this week.

Source: rfi

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