On day 91, protesters block roads and return to Central Bank
- From as early as 5 a.m., protesters in Tripoli blocked roads with burning tyres to mark the second day of the “Week of Anger”. In Beirut, protesters blocked the Ring and Cola bridges, as well as roads in Furn el—Shebbek and Corniche el—Mazraa, where they burnt trash cans and threw rocks at security forces to protest arrests from the night before. Protesters also blocked roads in Jounieh, Nehme, and Zahle.
- Dozens gathered outside branches of the Central Bank and commercial banks, including in Beirut, Tripoli, Baalbeck, and Sidon.
- Many schools and universities closed for the day, citing roadblocks as the reason.
Protesters met with violence outside El Helou barracks
- Protesters have been demonstrating outside El-Helou barracks all day, amid heavy deployment of security forces, to denounce the arrests from yesterday night. Security Forces forcibly attempted to clear the streets outside the barracks, arresting additional protesters who had tried to block the road.
- The Internal Security Forces released a statement noting that General Imad Othman had given orders for security forces to fire tear gas at crowds Who were “assaulting, smashing, and breaking public and private property in Hamra.”
- According to the Lawyer’s Committee for the Defense of Protesters, 69 protesters, including students and minors, were arrested since yesterday. Seven have been released.
Following Central Bank clash, riot police fire gunshots in the air
- Yesterday night, following security forces’ clashes with protesters outside the Central Bank in Hamra, a riot police officer fired live ammunition from an AK47 to disperse protesters. This followed after heavy dispersion of tear gas.
- Meanwhile, the Association of Bank released a statement condemning the attacks on the banks, noting that they are “confident that perpetrators are not real revolutionaries in any way but, rather, they are a group of well—known, paid mobs.”
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