The movement organizing anti-government protests in down town Beirut vowed on Wednesday more protests.
The movement organizing anti-government protests in down town Beirut vowed on Wednesday more protests to "give back the people their rights".
Following “You Stink”, the organizers dubbed their new campaign “We Want Accountability”, a day after several protesters were injured in a scuffle with police over the trash crisis and corruption.
We wanted to send a message through our demonstration that we are ready to sacrifice ourselves to gain our rights,” said the “We Want Accountability” campaign spokesman at a press conference it held in Riad al-Solh Square on Wednesday.
“The regime fears the people who are calling for their rights. That's why it is assaulting them,” the spokesman Ayman Mroweh said during the press conference.
“Our battle is not with police but with the regime,” added Mroweh, as he called for the release of all protesters arrested on Tuesday.
After the press conference ended, the “We Want Accountability” protesters headed to Helou Barracks to demand the release of the detainees who were arrested earlier on Tuesday.
The Internal Security Forces said in a communiqué that it arrested 48 people who took part in Tuesday's riots, but kept 18 of them in custody for further questioning.
Riad al-Solh Square, located outside the Grand Serail, has been the site of daily protests since Saturday, when thousands rallied against the government’s response to the waste crisis.