BEIRUT: The security forces detained Monday night a man driving a motorcycle after 7 p.m., the first step in enforcing a recent ban on motorcycles at some specific times.
The man was arrested in the Beirut neighborhood of Verdun, prompting angry citizens to block the Verdun-Tallet al-Khayyat road with burning tires in protest.
The protesters also tried to free the detainee and his motorcycle, briefly clashing with the security forces. Police then opened fire in the air to disperse them and were able to reopen the road later.
The Central Security Council decided last week to ban motorcycles from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the Greater Beirut area, part of measures to boost security at night in the capital.
The council said the ban was aimed at curbing the rise of crimes carried out on motorcycles and would be followed by other measures that would take into consideration company motorcycles.