Lebanese protestors carried imitation coffins in a symbolic funeral procession from Beirut port Sunday to demand justice, days after the first anniversary of a vast dockside explosion that killed more than 200 people. Families of the victims were joined by dozens of supporters, some wearing black and carrying burning torches, at an entrance to the port where a warehouse fire on August 4 last year ignited a vast stash of ammonium nitrate, causing one of the biggest peacetime blasts in history.
Port of Beirut
Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Wednesday called for lifting immunities of all those who were involved in the Beirut blast that has rocked the city’s main port a year ago, deeming the explosion as an organized crime against humanity. “Tuesday, August 4th, at 6:07 PM, the Lebanese government killed 218 people and injured 7000,” Gemayel said in a speech marking the first anniversary of the Beirut Port explosion.