Windows were smashed and stones thrown as protesters broke down security barriers surrounding Lebanon’s parliament [Hassan Ammar/AP Photo]

Police are using water cannon to contain protesters throwing rocks during anti-government demonstrations in Beirut.

The clashes erupted on Wednesday as Lebanon‘s new government convened a day after it was formed following a three-month political vacuum, with the prime minister saying his cabinet will adopt financial and economic methods different from those of previous governments.

Protesters in and around Beirut gathered to denounce the meeting, describing it as a rubber stamp for the same political parties they blame for widespread corruption.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the protests in Lebanon’s capital, said: “These protesters don’t seem to be afraid of what comes next.”

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