Prime Minister Tammam Salam receives State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud at the Grand Serail on Friday, Oct.9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Friday that any attempt to jeopardize state security would be dealt with strictly, as anti-government protesters pushed for the release of fellow activists detained in clashes the day before.Salam reviewed the violent events of Thursday with Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and senior ISF officers. He also met with State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud and was informed of developments following the rioting and vandalism that occurred. The entrance of Le Gray was the front line of clashes between demonstrators and riot police. The building's architecture allowed demonstrators to get around the barricade erected by the ISF. As of Friday, none of the detained demonstrators had been charged. Hammoud, in a statement released Friday evening, said that so far five women and four minors have been released, and that 33 individuals remain detained. However accounts of the actual number of detained individuals vary, as lawyers affiliated with activists claim that between 60 and 70 protesters were detained during the riot.
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