Machnouk shows reporters a printed picture of a policeman who appeared collapsed in tears in a video shared on social media. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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More policemen were injured during demonstrations held last weekend in Downtown Beirut than protesters, according to Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, who blamed "infiltrators" for initiating the violence.Holding two printed pictures, one of a protester who lost his right eye and another showing a policeman who collapsed in tears, Machnouk said that both sides were victims of violence.The policeman in the picture was helped up and taken to his colleagues by protesters, according to a video posted on social media. Al-Jadeed's reporter Youmna Fawwaz raised that fact during a Q&A session after the news conference.The minister said he was "not ashamed" to say that security forces used "excessive force," but only during Saturday's demonstration, not on subsequent days when protests also took place.
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