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Violent protests in Beirut follow Lebanon’s cabinet meeting

Police are using water cannon to contain protesters throwing rocks during anti-government demonstrations in Beirut.

The clashes erupted on Wednesday as Lebanon‘s new government convened 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 from those of previous governments.

Protesters in and around Beirut gathered to denounce the meeting, describing it as a rubber stamp for the same political parties they blame for widespread corruption.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the protests in Lebanon’s capital, said: “These protesters don’t seem to be afraid of what comes next.”

“This is not going to be easy to contain,” she said.

Windows were smashed and stones thrown as protesters broke down security barriers surrounding Lebanon’s parliament.

“Protesting peacefully won’t give results. We protested peacefully for three months. Why should we stay peaceful?” said one student protester who had his face covered.

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