segunda-feira, 31 de agosto de 2015

Lebanon: Amnesty International calls for investigation the police reaction to the "garbage crisis"

Lebanon: Security forces must refrain from using unnecessary or excessive force against peaceful demonstrations today

Amnesty International urged on Saturday the Lebanese Government an investigation into the alleged abuse of force by the authorities in reaction to the anti-government demonstration and asked for more coolness in the control of the protest. The human rights organization wants to see punished security agents exceeded on confrontation with the Lebanese demonstrators.

Some groups, among the demonstrators, tried to force a passage through barbed wire barriers raised by security forces to protect the access to government buildings. The official Twitter account of Lebanese security forces (below) could those invested Saturday night.

The continued attempts to pass barbed

The drop of water that left many angry Lebanese have been the suspension of trash collection services at the end of last month. The flaws in other basic services such as water or electricity, contributed to the revolt.

Assaad Thebian and Lucien Peak, two of the organizers of the protest, listed the demands of the protesters: resignation of the Environment Minister, Mohammad Machnuk, transfer of garbage collection for the municipalities, trial of those responsible for the violence last weekend, including the Interior Minister, and Machnouk Chalothorn of legislative and presidential elections.

"We give the Government 72 hours. On Tuesday night, if our demands are not met, we are going to escalate, "said the crowd one of the organizers, without explaining what you meant.

Lebanese Environment Minister has already responded, however, and secured that don't quit.

Thousands rally in Beirut against political leaders, rot

Meeting early last week, the Parliament failed, however, to anticipate elections and ended up even by once again extend the current executive functions until 2017. Since the last legislative ballot, in 2009, the Lebanese Parliament has already prolonged twice the mandate and, since May last year, members were unable to elect a President.

The Lebanese political system is based on a confessional Division of key political positions: the Presidency is attributed to a Maronite Christian, the head of the Government to a Sunni Muslim and the Presidency of Parliament to a Shiite Muslim.

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