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New clashes in Beirut protests

Anti-government protesters try to pull down barbed wire as they clash with riot police during ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon on Jan 22. Lebanon’s new government held its first meeting Wednesday, a day after it was formed following a three-month political vacuum, with the prime minister saying his cabinet will adopt financial and economic methods different than those of previous governments. (AP)

BEIRUT, Jan 23, (KUNA): Clashes renewed Wednesday between people protesting Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab- led government and security forces in the capital Beirut. Protesters hurled fireworks, stones, water bottles at security guards of the House of Representatives and tried to storm the building. They also set ablaze a tent for guards and attempted to remove the House’s gate. Police fired tear-gas bombs and opened water cannons to disperse protesters. Several policemen and protesters were injured in the clashes. In several other areas in northern and southern Lebanon, protesters took to streets and blocked roads to protest the new government.

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