In Beirut, where there was a powerful explosion, anti-government protests have resumed. This was announced on Tuesday, August 11, by the Al Arabiya TV channel.
According to media reports, the protesters gathered at the entrance to the capital’s port, destroyed by the explosion, and began shouting anti-government slogans.
In particular, the protesters demand the resignation of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, as well as the dissolution of the country’s parliament.
On the eve of Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of the government. According to him, “the system of corruption was stronger than the Lebanese state.” As the minister added, the government sought to save the country, but the decades in power began to persecute the cabinet and turn the people against it.
On 9 August, protesters in Beirut broke into the building of the Lebanese Ministry of Labor and the building of the Lebanese Ministry of Displaced Persons. Clashes between protesters and security forces continued in the Lebanese capital. Earlier, the media reported about clashes near the building of the country’s parliament.
The political and social situation in Lebanon was worsened by an explosion in the port of Beirut on 4 August. As a result, at least 171 people died, and over 6 thousand were injured of varying severity. The explosion destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings.
Fire of 2.7 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate during welding operations was named as a preliminary cause of the incident.