BEIRUT: Concrete barriers were erected by security forces at entrances to Beirut’s Riad al-Solh Square early Wednesday morning following repeated attempts by partisan supporters to storm the area.
At least three main points of access to the square, which has been at the center of Lebanon’s popular protesters, are now blocked by meters-high concrete blocks.
On Tuesday night, supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement from the nearby neighborhood of Khandaq al-Ghamiq attempted to enter the square for the fourth consecutive night.
Elsewhere, large metal barriers have been installed at the entrance to Nijmeh Square, to make access to the seat of the Lebanese Parliament even more difficult.
Protesters held demonstrations at the square on Saturday and Sunday, which ended in some of the two-month old uprising’s most violent clashes between security forces and protesters.