Riot police scuffled Tuesday evening with large numbers of protesters before allowing them to enter into the privately-run Zaitunay Bay promenade on Beirut’s waterfront.
A small number of protesters had earlier in the day entered into Zaitunay Bay where they sat on the ground and chanted slogans demanding an end to seaside property violations and insisting that the area is public and not private property.
The evening protesters said they wanted to hold a public film screening inside Zaitunay Bay. They gathered outside and engaged in a standoff with riot police before being let in.
“Hela, Hela, Hela, Hela, Hela, Ho, Zaituna is ours, sweetie!” they chanted.
Protesters had earlier staged a sit-in outside the parliament building in downtown Beirut, demanding “the appointment of the independent prime minister and forming a government of non-partisan experts.”