- Title: Violence erupts in the street of Tripoli on second day of protests in Lebanon
- Date: 18th October 2019
- Summary: TRIPOLI, LEBANON (OCTOBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY AND OBJECTS BEING HURLED AROUND WITH THE SOUND OF BULLETS BEING FIRED CROWD THROWING BRICKS AND OBJECTS AT AND INSIDE A VEHICLE PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY / AUDIO OF PEOPLE CHANTING / CROWD HELPING INJURED PROTESTER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, BELAL AL-JAMMAL, SAYING: "Today, we are protesting for three reasons, we want the downfall of the government, the president with his horrid rule, the downfall of this sectarian regime which lives off sectarianism and division. We want new elections that are organised by the state, we want another country to organise the election so that we know that it is a 100 percent fair election." VARIOUS OF CROWDS GATHERING
- Embargoed: 1st November 2019 17:41
- Keywords: Lebanon protests protests in Lebanon Lebanese protesers clashes in Tripoli shooting in Tripoli
- Location: TRIPOLI, LEBANON
- City: TRIPOLI, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1MM9MV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Violence broke out in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday (October 18) where bricks and heavy objects were being hurled in the streets as gunfire could be heard in the background, on the second day of protests in Lebanon.
The clashes broke out when a former parliamentarian tried to join protesters who refused his presence, prompting his guards to fire in the air.
Protester Belal al-Jammal said he is taking part in the protest because he wants to see both the government and the president step down.
Even as people were running about in the streets, escaping the mayhem, protesters could be heard chanting "revolution" and "the people demand the downfall of the regime".
Across Lebanon, tens of thousands of protesters blocked roads, burned tires and marched for a second day on Friday, demanding the removal of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of breakdown.
Lebanon's biggest protests in a decade are reminiscent of the 2011 Arab revolts that toppled four presidents.
They brought people from all sects and walks of life on to the streets, holding banners and chanting slogans calling on the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign.
Al-Hariri blamed his rivals in government for obstructing reforms that could have resolved the economic crisis and gave them a 72-hour deadline to stop blocking him, otherwise he hinted he may resign. He said Lebanon was going through an "unprecedented, difficult time".
(Production: Hend Kortam, Sarah Duffy)
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