BEIRUT: United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Monday, as mass protests rocked the country for the fifth straight day.
The two discussed the latest developments in Tyre, according to the U.N. official's Twitter account.
Brutal clashes took place during protests in the southern city Saturday, when armed gangs claiming to be affiliated with Berri attacked protesters. Armed men fired directly into the crowd, wounding several protesters, who were carried off on motorcycles. Videos circulated online of Amal Movement supporters threatening protesters and the media. However, protesters returned in greater numbers by Saturday night and filled squares Sunday.
In his tweets, Kubis also requested that security forces "continue protecting peaceful" protestors and "act against possible political instigators of violence."
He said that it is “important to listen to the millions of protesting Lebanese & their legitimate demands 4 just and radical reforms and change.”
Protests have swept the country since Thursday, when Cabinet ministers announced new and increased taxes in a bid to increase state revenues.