Protests turn violent in Lebanon

Demonstrators protesting economic conditions gathered near Parliament in Beirut, hurling rocks at riot police.
1:26 | 01/19/20

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The violent new images emerging from the Middle East clash is ramping up between protesters and police. You're the parliament building in Beirut Lebanon the latest now from ABC's Diane mistake. Tonight protests have turned violent as Lebanese citizens are taking to the streets. Demonstrating against the country's worst economic crisis in decades. Protesters gathered near the parliament building in Beirut. Hurling rocks and grabbing branches to use against riot police along the way demonstrators also used lasers and shot off fireworks. That security officials who cracked down with tear gas. Rubber bullets and water cannons. Fire trucks and ambulances. Rushed through the streets after the tent encampment housing many of the demonstrators went up in flames through. The Lebanese Red Cross says more than 100 people have been treated for injuries. With at least 65 more hospitalized from both sides. The protests which started in October were revived this week. Anger over a failing economy. Demonstrators blame the ruling elite for the dire economic situation. Citing widespread corruption the Lebanese president has ordered the country's army and security commanders to restore calm. Some part of the issues that politicians there haven't agreed to a new cabinet or a new economic plan the hope now is that they find a way forward. And bring an end for this violence com.

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