Lebanese security fire water cannons at protesters breaching barricade

by Reuters
Saturday, 25 January 2020 17:13 GMT

BEIRUT, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Lebanese security forces on Saturday fired water cannons and tear gas at anti-government protesters trying to breach a security barricade outside government headquarters in central Beirut.

Some protesters managed to open a metal gate blocking the path to the area but were pushed back.

"Rioting and attacks against Internal Security Forces have begun, we therefore ask peaceful protesters to leave Riad al-Solh area for their safety," the ISF said on Twitter.

A planned march on Saturday under the slogan "We won't pay the price" began peacefully but then saw a repeat of violence that has marked recent protests against a political class that demonstrators say has plunged the country into its worst crisis in decades. (Reporting by Reuters TV team; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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