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12 Sep 2020 | 09:39 AM UTC

Lebanon: Commemorative rally to be held in Beirut on September 12

Lebanon News Alert

Commemorative rally to be held in Beirut on September 12; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/13/2020, 12:00 PM (Asia/Beirut). COUNTRY/REGION Beirut

Event

A rally is scheduled to take place in Beirut on Saturday, September 12, to commemorate the victims of the August 4 explosions which occurred in Beirut Port. The event, which will mark 40 days since the explosion, will begin at 16:00 (local time) outside of the Ministry of Justice, after which participants plan to march to the Baabda Presidential Palace. Clashes between participants and local security forces cannot be ruled out.

A heightened police force presence and localized travel disruptions should be anticipated in the vicinity of the rally.

Context

An explosion that occurred in the Port of Beirut on August 4 killed at least 157 people, injured 5000 others, and caused billions of Lebanese Pounds in damages. The blast is believed to have been caused by 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been unsafely stored in the area. A state of emergency was initially declared on August 5, and 20 officials responsible for the operation of the port have so far been placed under arrest.

Allegations of mismanagement regarding the substance's storage come during sustained unrest since October 2019 over corruption and economic hardship within the country whereby protesters have called for reforms to the governance of Lebanon. Mustapha Adib was named as the new prime minister on August 31 with a view to forming a new government.

Advice

Those in Lebanon are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid all protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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