The Straits Times
Published on Oct 21, 2012

Heavy gunfire heard in central Beirut as protestors try to storm PM's office


BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Heavy gunfire erupted in central Beirut on Sunday after protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, demanding that he quit over the assassination of a top intelligence official.

An official said security forces had fired in the air.

Witnesses said at least two protesters had fainted, apparently as a result of tear gas fired by security forces after protesters breached an outer barrier around the prime minister's offices.

Hundreds of protesters, waving flags from the anti-Syrian opposition Future Movement - a mainly Sunni Muslim party - and Christian Lebanese Forces as well as black Islamist flags, marched on Mr Mikati's offices after the funeral of Brigadier General Wissam Al-Hassan.