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17.10.2020 15:27 News >> Amnesty Slams Lebanon Failure To Address Public Demands

Amnesty Slams Lebanon Failure To Address Public Demands

Watchdog urges Lebanese authorities to end use of force against peaceful protesters.

Amnesty International on Saturday urged Lebanese authorities to investigate
and hold accountable officers involved in the suppression of protesters during October 2019 demonstrations.
"The [Lebanese]
authorities have not only failed to address people's legitimate demands for
their social and economic rights, but have also increasingly resorted to
repressing the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression," the
London-based rights group said in a report on the first anniversary of the Oct. 17, 2019 Lebanese
protests over the deterioration of the country's economic situation.
Amnesty accused Lebanese
security forces of resorting to excessive use of force against peaceful
protesters, adding that the most brutal crackdown took place following the Aug.
4 explosion at Beirut's port when the Lebanese army and unknown gunmen opened
fire at protesters leading to the injury of 230 people.
"Instead of
focusing on addressing the legitimate demands that sparked the protests, the
authorities have sought to intimidate and silence activists and critics," the
watchdog said.
The announcement of
additional taxes on Oct. 17, 2019 sparked mass demonstrations across Lebanon
in protest of the deterioration of living conditions and widespread
corruption among the country's ruling elites.
*Ahmed Asmar
contributed to this report from Ankara -



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