Extortionate Force Was Used Against Beirut Protesters – Investigation

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital on Sunday over a massive blast in Beirut in last week.

The protester call for accountability and the downfall of the country’s ruling class. A large number of the protesters threw stones and other projectiles, while they faced tear gas, rubber bullects and birdshot fired from gunshot.

Through analysis of videos and images of the security response by the army and men in plain-clothes on the day, and examination of medical documents and interviews with doctors who treated the wounded, reports claimed that security forces violated international standards on the use of force.

Basic principles have been set by United Nations over use of force against the protesters, the principle outline that all other non-coercive means must first be exhausted and security forces must exercise restraint and try to reduced the damage and injury.

Law enforcement agencies are not allowed to use firearms against people “except in self-defence or defence of others against the imminent threat of death or serious injury”, or “to prevent the perpetration of a particularly serious crime involving grave threat to life,” and related situations.

But open-source evidence shows these criteria were likely not met on Saturday.

Protesters threw rocks at security forces from the areas marked with green arrows. Hundreds did so from the area marked “Tomb”, but were unable to approach security forces across the expanse in front of them due to the difficult, nearly-impassable terrain.

Their government need to be caution and take drastic action over this issue, On the other side, soldiers and men in plain-clothes fired a number of different weapons towards protesters.

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