Lebanese vent fury on leaders over blast

Beirut, August 6

Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday throughout a go to by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the lethal explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting, “Revolution!” they crowded across the visiting chief who promised to press the politicians for reform. For many Lebanese, Tuesday’s big blast was the final straw after years of corruption and mismanagement by a political elite that has dominated for many years. The blast is believed to have been induced when a fireplace touched off a stockpile of two,750 tonness of extremely explosive ammonium nitrate that authorities left sitting in a warehouse for years. Macron visited the devastated port and toured a hard-hit neighbourhood lined with closely broken buildings. A crowd gathered round him and shouted their anger, chanting, “Revolution!” and “The people want to bring down the regime!” – slogans used at mass protests final 12 months.— AP

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