Protests turn violent in streets of Beirut, Lebanon

Protests turn violent in streets of Beirut, Lebanon 1


CNN's Ben Wedeman reports from Beirut, Lebanon, as police fire tear gas at protesters shooting fireworks and hurling rocks amid anti-government demonstrations.
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63 Comments on "Protests turn violent in streets of Beirut, Lebanon"

  1. so no one gonna mention he’s wearing airpods the whole time?

  2. books from Windblown | January 18, 2020 at 1:31 PM | Reply

    The situation in many countries with economic problems is becoming kind of noticeable

  3. Brexit Refugee | January 18, 2020 at 1:33 PM | Reply

    When you call the place Martyr Square…

    • Well actually you got it wrong here Lebanon is founded as a Christian country. The reason why it’s called martyrs square is because of the early 19th century executions by the Othman empire of thousand of Lebanese and other middle easterners who were opposing the Turkish rule.

    • dont worry they were all moderates

    • Martyrs’ Day (Arabic: عيد الشهداء‎) is a Syrian and Lebanese national holiday commemorating the Syrian and Lebanese Arab nationalists executed in Damascus and Beirut on May 6, 1916 by Jamal Pasha, also known as ‘Al Jazzar’ or ‘The Butcher’, the Ottoman wāli of Greater Syria. They were executed in both the Marjeh Square in Damascus and Burj Square in Beirut. Both plazas have since been renamed Martyrs’ Square.

    • Maxime Prometheas | January 18, 2020 at 8:35 PM | Reply

      Martyr’s Square is named after the Lebanese Independence movement officials who were executed in that place in 1943 by the French occupation, from whom Lebanon eventually took its independence. It has nothing to do with any of the more recent events. Sheesh people, read a book!

  4. They have been protesting for more than 90 days, I’m Lebanese and I can tell you we want our government out. They left us no money no food no water no electricity. We don’t have basic needs for life. They need to get out or they will be taken out period.

    • I admire you sticking up for yourselves and demanding the government to get out! Many governments have become corrupt. We need to stand up and get them out of office.

    • Bahaa Blast Hezbollah has been heavily sanctioned by USA and now UK, pronounced terrorist organization and that’s the root cause of all your problems.

    • @Juliet Allup why? Leave America out of this, we are not the police of others we have our own issues here

    • Teresa Blanco you totally
      Misunderstood my

    • Jared Pendry totally agree that we as a country need to learn more about the constitution

  5. The police have run out of rubber bullets they have resorted to using birdshot

  6. They got freaking lasers

  7. Jester Avrgjoe | January 18, 2020 at 2:29 PM | Reply

    Dude sounds like Dr. Evil.

  8. John Slap-a-ho | January 18, 2020 at 2:35 PM | Reply

    The world needs to keep electing rich people and Lawyers like idiots.

  9. Norman Gaskill | January 18, 2020 at 2:44 PM | Reply

    I guess the army is getting paid and the peasant aren’t

  10. The govt WANTED to lie…but the evidence was indisputable.

    • The Government lied? Unbelievable?
      The government sent armed troops to use violence to suppress unarmed civilians. Unbelievable????
      BELIEVE Every word of it!!
      Revolution is Healthy, and Overdue.

    • Zach Addington | January 18, 2020 at 10:26 PM | Reply

      This what need to happen in the US

  11. God bless Lebanon

  12. Patricia Burke | January 18, 2020 at 3:20 PM | Reply

    When will the oligarchs get their eyes off of their bank accounts and start reading some HISTORY? Revolutions are real! Good eventually triumphs over evil! Dictators usually end up dead! Time to wake up!
    God, save us from their ignorance and greed!

  13. The guy in the gas mask sounds like Mike Myers/Austin Powers

  14. BallTistic Screecher | January 18, 2020 at 3:43 PM | Reply

    People all over rising up against their restrictive govts. This is beautiful

    • @BallTistic Screecher ~Now you sound just like a Russian bot or anarchist, Doc! A bit of intellectual dishonesty going on with you, as well. Comparison between France and Hong Kong conceded legitimacy for the purpose of argument; argument presented wasn’t about that. You’re merely evading the argument.

      Secondly, peaceful protests are effective–often bringing more effective and lasting change in government than that brought about through senseless destruction and violence. In point of fact, peaceful protesting in both France and Hong Kong has been effective. Conversely, the misguided actions of the Yellow Jackets has hurt them more than helped–because there is a cost borne by them for their wanton destruction, as well as that they have incurred on their fellow law-abiding citizens of France.

      Finally, the governments of France and China, which controls Hong Kong, couldn’t be more different; one Communist authoritarian, the other democratic. Such comparisons as yours display either supreme ignorance, or deception and dishonesty.

    • @TheUmbrellaCorpX7[エヴ] ~Would agree that more Americans need to be out protesting in the streets for proper trial in Senate of Trump, for his removal and disbarment from office, as well as all those complicit in his crimes, including Pence and Barr.

      Not so much Americans need to “rise up.” It’s that they need to “wise up,” start making smarter choices at the ballot box. We have good candidates willing to do what is right, we just need to work harder getting them elected, keeping them in office. That means getting involved, doing your civic duty, voting in off-election years, volunteering for campaigns, etc.

    • @BallTistic Screecher ~You want people to “rise up” against their restrictive governments, except in America against Trump, who tramples the Constitution, demonstrates nothing but disdain for the other two co-equal branches? Thinks European governments like China’s? Obviously, you’re a Russian tool, Doc!

    • BallTistic Screecher | January 18, 2020 at 8:13 PM | Reply

      @wily wascal Europe is one step away from a China. Amd no Trump hasn’t done any of that you fucking idiot.

      Go watch Cenk jerk off a horse or something

  15. T. The Zombie Whisperer | January 18, 2020 at 3:47 PM | Reply

    They’re wearing gas masks, peace

  16. I see the air pods but that helmet definitely ain’t helping his waves

  17. Where is Carlos Ghosn?

  18. Are we sure CNN’s not shooting this in Tennessee somewhere on a training mission of the US Army by the Kentucky border

  19. The Iranian empire is shaken. The takedown of Sulemani is causing a ripple effect.

  20. علي محمد علي | January 18, 2020 at 8:52 PM | Reply

    Great report by Ben Wedeman, I’m Lebanese and 100% of his words is right, thank you and CNN for the coverage. Please CNN you should cover more and post more videos on YouTube.

    Edit: The only inaccurate information is people are able to withdraw 100 to 200$ per week and per month, and this is nothing near any typical family would need to cover expenses of living in usual days (before 17 October 2019) where it would need at least 1350$ and now with the economic crises and all the prices are being raised the people are suffering more each day.

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