Lebanese police fire water cannon at Beirut protesters

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Lebanese police used a water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters in downtown Beirut on Saturday. The security forces responded by spraying water after demonstrators opened the gates to a blocked off area. Protesters, in turn, were seen responding by throwing rocks at police.

Friday marked 100 days since Lebanon’s nationwide uprising against the country’s hated political class erupted.

A new government was formed Tuesday, and protesters – even though they’ve rejected it as a rubber stamp for traditional political parties – are now split over whether to continue protesting or withdraw from the streets to give the new Cabinet a chance.

The peaceful, jubilant protests that characterised the first three months of the uprising have turned violent, and a worsening financial crisis is taking its toll on the country.

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