Lebanese anti-government protesters try to remove barbed wire near the Serail during Saturday’s demonstration.
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For the past two weeks Lebanon has been witnessing unprecedented protests calling for an end to the garbage crisis and governmental corruption, but critics argue rioting has tarnished the peaceful image of the demonstration.The police only intervened after protesters breached the second barb wire barrier dividing the crowd from the Grand Serail. Security forces urged protesters to disperse before entering Riad al-Solh and arresting some individuals. Moukadim is adamant that the rioting occurred only after the police attacked the crowd.Mohammad insisted that just because certain people chose to hide their face that doesn't make them infiltrators."They are patriots not infiltrators," Amjad Fayyad, who came from Mount Lebanon, proclaimed. Fayyad explained how during riots following last week's demonstration he fell and was almost trampled by the crowd. By 9 p.m. demonstrators had breached the first line of barbed wires dividing the crowd from the Grand Serail. Hooded figures danced within the barbed wires and raised their arms, imploring the rest of the protesters to join them.
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