Dec 04, 2019 12:35 UTC
  • Fresh clashes hit Lebanon as politicians voice optimism about govt. formation

Fresh clashes have erupted between police and anti-government protesters in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut as officials suggest progress in talks on forming a new cabinet.

Chanting slogans and holding Lebanese national flags, dozens of demonstrators blocked a main road in central Beirut, known as the Ring Bridge, on Tuesday.

Lebanese security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Al Arabiya TV channel reported that the police finally forced protesters to relocate from the road and opened it to traffic.

The protests broke out in Lebanon on October 17, when the government introduced a set of economic austerity measures.