In the Lebanese capital Beirut, violent clashes between demonstrators and forces took place for the second evening in a row. According to the Lebanese Red Cross, 145 people were injured, 45 of whom had to be hospitalized. At least 377 people had to be given medical care on Saturday. It was the most violent day since the protests began three months ago.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered again in the center of Beirut, They shouted "Revolution, Revolution" and threw stones and firecrackers at a roadblock of the security forces. Police fired rubber bullets and used water cannons and tear gas, a correspondent from the AFP news agency reported.
Given the escalation of violence, President Michel Aoun called a "security meeting" for Monday, according to the official news agency ANI, in which the ministers for defense and home affairs should take part.
According to a committee of lawyers, around 40 demonstrators were temporarily arrested on Saturday. "The majority" of them were victims of "excessive violence", some of the demonstrators were injured "on the head, face or genitals". In the hospitals, they found injuries caused by rubber bullets on the face and head.
The Lebanon has been shaken by unprecedented protests against corruption and mismanagement since mid-October. The anger of the population has increased in recent weeks because their economic situation continues to deteriorate and there is still no new government more than two months after the resignation of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.