A masked protester holding a Lebanese flag walks past a burning barricade during continuing anti-government protests in Beirut [Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters]

Beirut, Lebanon – A Lebanese Parliament session has been postponed after clashes erupted between riot police and protesters demanding an overhaul of the country’s political system.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered around the entrances of Beirut’s Nejmeh Square early on Tuesday to form a human barrier in a bid to prevent the session, which, they said, failed to address the demands of Lebanon’s weeks-long protest movement.

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Security forces were heavily deployed in the area, with high walls of barbed wire blocking every road leading to Parliament, and lines of riot police five-men deep both behind and in front of the barricades.

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