A retired army soldier arguing with Lebanese army and riot policeman, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Video. Watch: Retired army members clash with security forces in Lebanon

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters, mainly retired members of the army, who tried to break through the fence leading to the government headquarters in downtown Beirut.

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters, mainly retired members of the army, who tried to break through the fence leading to the government headquarters in downtown Beirut.

The violence came amid widespread anger over the harsh economic conditions in the country, where mismanagement by the ruling class has been rampant for years, preceding the economic meltdown that started in late 2019.

The retired soldiers and policemen demanding better pay clashed with riot police and troops.

Several people suffered breathing problems from the tear gas. The protesters hurled stones at the officers protecting the government headquarters and repeatedly tried to break through the fence.

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