Lebanon police, protesters clash on blast anniversary

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Beirut

Lebanese police on Wednesday scuffled with angry protesters demanding accountability for last year’s Beirut port explosion, a short distance from the main event marking the tragedy’s first anniversary.

The scuffles near parliament in central Beirut broke out between riot police and stone-lobbing protesters, who tried to storm the main building.

Riot police responded by firing tear gas and beating demonstrators with batons. The Red Cross said it transported six people to hospital, and had treated dozens more on-site.

Earlier, it said it had dispatched 16 ambulances and 80 paramedics in response to demonstrations in the city centre.

Nearby, a few hundred of metres (yards) away at the port, thousands gathered to mark the first anniversary of the explosion which killed at least 214 people.—AP

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