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Conflict Incident Report
38 detained, 10 injured in fresh Beirut clashes between police, protesters
Security forces detained at least 38 activists Wednesday from crowds attempting to gain entrance to Beirut's Nejmeh Square, where politicians launched the second round of national dialogue talks at the Parliament.
At least 11 others were moved to hospitals suffering from injuries, according to activists, after riot police were seen dispersing protesters using batons, dragging a number of them by their hair and kicking them while on the ground. Three young men who had been on hunger strike for two weeks were among those detained, including Waref Sleiman, who was the first to go on hunger strike.
Activists called for a protest outside al-Helou Barrack in Mar Elias Street to demand the immediate release of those detained.
The entrances of Nejmeh Square, where the Parliament is located, were blocked to pedestrians unless they were carrying business cards for companies and offices operating within the security perimeter.
The road leading to the offices of An-Nahar newspaper near Martyrs' Square was also closed, in addition to the streets housing the Beirut Souks and Beirut's naval base.