Thousands of protesters gather in central Beirut on Saturday to seek justice for the victims of the Tuesday Beirut explosion, said an Al Jazeera report.
On Tuesday, news of an explosion in Lebanon’s capital city, Beirut shook the country.
Reports after the blast revealed that ammonium nitrate is the possible cause of the explosion.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, revealed that “2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate” had been stockpiled in a warehouse in Beirut for six years.
The chemical was there without any safety measures, he said.
The number of deaths from the explosion rose to 158 on Saturday, Lebanon’s health ministry reported.
Also, more than 6000 people were injured, and 21 more are still missing, it said.
People Want Justice
Civil society groups urge people to take to the streets and protest the current administration and demand accountability from their leaders.
“This is the biggest warning for everyone now,” Hayat Nazer, an activist told AFP.
She added that people don’t have anything to lose anymore, and that, “everyone should be in the streets today.”
Protesters hang “symbolic nooses” for its top officials and chant “enough is enough,” Al Jazeera reported.
The protests came after it was revealed, that Lebanon’s officials know about the stock of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut.
According to the Guardian, protesters in Martyrs Square chanted, “people want the fall of the regime.”
People are calling for “revenge and justice,” said Zeina Khodr, roving correspondent of Al Jazeera.
According to Khodr, people want their politicians “hanged” and “executed.”
She said that there is “a sense of defiance” among the protesters, despite authorities’ use of “excessive amounts of tear gas.”
A Christian group based in Lebanon, Lebanon’s Kataeb Party, announced the resignation of its three members from the parliament.
The party has decided “to move to confrontation” to protect a “free, sovereign, independent Lebanon,” said its chief, Samy Gemayel.
He also urges other MPs to resign, so “people can decide who will govern them” without others imposing them.
Humanitarian Assistance from the UK
Earlier, Lebanese President Michel Aoun thanked the UK for providing “five million pounds” emergency funding to Lebanon.