August 8, 2020

How Beirut blast briefly handed foreign ministry to protesters

Beirut (AFP) – The explosion that ripped through Beirut this week handed a resurgent protest movement an unexpected and brief victory Saturday, almost literally breaking down the doors of the foreign ministry.The famed imperial staircase at the ministry’s entrance was packed with some 200 demonstrators and retired army officers, who called the ministry the new headquarters of their uprising — before soldiers arrived three hours later to force everybody out.Some brandished nooses in a display of seething anger over a deadly Tuesday blast that killed more than 150 people and wounded at least 6,…


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