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Anti-government protest in Beirut turns violent

Thursday, October 08, 2015 - 00:50

Lebanese security forces fire tear gas and water canon to break up an anti-government protest, as the country's fractious leaders postpone talks aimed at resolving a political crisis that is feeding public discontent. Katharine Jackson reports.

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Lebanese security forces fire water canon and tear gas to break up an anti-government protest in Beirut on Thursday. Protesters hurl rocks at riot police blocking the way to parliament. Anger at Lebanon's government over perceived corruption and incompetence has sparked repeated protests.... these came to a head in July when the government failed to resolve a trash disposal problem and garbage piled up in the streets. Formed last year, the Lebanese government has struggled to make decisions. The country is still without a president, at a time when the war in Syria has driven more than one million refugees into Lebanon. Lebanon's parliament speaker canceled the last day of this week's session ...a discussion aimed at finding a way out of political crisis.

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Anti-government protest in Beirut turns violent

Thursday, October 08, 2015 - 00:50