At least six people were hospitalized and dozens had to be attended to this Wednesday near the Lebanese Parliament, after clashes between security forces and hundreds of protesters commemorating the first anniversary of the explosion in the port of Beirut, said the Red Cross.
Some protesters threw stones against the security forces, who responded with tear gas and using water cannons to disperse the protest.
Was officers who beat protesters with their truncheons. A few hundred meters away, a mass was celebrated, near the port, in tribute to the victims of the huge explosion that devastated entire neighborhoods of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020.
Image of the march in Beirut for the first anniversary of the explosion. Photo: AFP
With a minute’s silence, thousands of people had gathered in Beirut to remember the more than 200 victims of the devastating explosion that on August 4, between 6:07 p.m. and 6:08 p.m. a year ago, destroyed the port of the Lebanese capital. Y it damaged a third of the city.
Church bells rang repeatedly, while mosque muezzins chanted verses from the Koran.
Helicopters and military planes flew low overhead the sky above the explosion site.
Meanwhile, at least six people were injured in clashes between supporters of two rival Lebanese parties in central Beirut, in the context of the commemoration of the first anniversary of the devastating port explosion.
Protesters threw stones at police in the march marking the first anniversary of the explosion in Beirut. Photo: AP
According to the Lebanese Red Cross, the injured were affected by stones and projectile shards launched during clashes between the Lebanese Forces Party and its rivals the Lebanese Communist Party in the Gemmayze neighborhood, near where thousands of people were gathering to commemorate the time of the blast in the port of Beirut.
People from various cities of the country and from various neighborhoods of the capital participated in the marches. Among them were ordinary people, relatives of the victims of the explosion, civil activists, members of professional unions.
One year later, no person responsible has been held accountable. A local investigation has been launched, but this has not yet led to any major arrests nor has it pointed to any possible culprits, while politicians have been accused of obstructing justice.
The The explosion left 214 dead and more than 6,500 injured. and it was caused by hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a dilapidated place, “without any protection measure,” according to the government itself.
With information from the AFP and ANSA agency