People stage a protest against Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s plan on meetings with parliamentarians within the new government formation process in Beirut, Lebanon [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu]

Thousands of Lebanese people took to the streets in Beirut on Sunday to protest against the potential nomination of Saad Hariri as prime minister and in defiance of the violent crackdown on demonstrators by security forces the previous night.

Riot police had used tear gas and rubber bullets, beat, and detained protesters in an attempt to disperse rallies outside parliament in the capital overnight on Saturday.

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The incident was one of the most violent crackdowns on protesters since nationwide anti-government demonstrations began two months ago, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 29.

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