Photos: Lebanese citizens protest over Beirut explosion

Lebanon's political leadership was under fire after a massive explosion wrecked large parts of central Beirut. People took to the streets in Beirut on the intervening night of August 6 and 7 and made stern calls for reform from the visiting French president and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The explosion has claimed atleast 149 lives and is expected to further rise as rescue workers keep digging through the rubble.

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An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by the riot police during a protest against the Lebanese political leadership after the massive explosion, in Beirut on August 7. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by the riot police during a protest against the Lebanese political leadership after the massive explosion, in Beirut on August 7. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

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A Lebanese soldier walks at the site of the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 6. On August 4, a colossal explosion shook the city after a huge pile of ammonium nitrate that had languished for years in a port warehouse in Beirut caught fire. (Thibault Camus / AP)

A Lebanese soldier walks at the site of the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 6. On August 4, a colossal explosion shook the city after a huge pile of ammonium nitrate that had languished for years in a port warehouse in Beirut caught fire. (Thibault Camus / AP)

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Lebanese soldiers deployed during the protest in Beirut on August 7. Grief turned to anger and people took to the streets when the death toll rose to 149 and over 5,000 were injured due to the explosion on August 6. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Lebanese soldiers deployed during the protest in Beirut on August 7. Grief turned to anger and people took to the streets when the death toll rose to 149 and over 5,000 were injured due to the explosion on August 6. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

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A demonstrator is seen on a street in Beirut amid smoke rising from tear gas canisters fired during the protest on August 7. To many Lebanese, the explosion was a tragic proof of the rot at the core of their governing system which has failed to halt the deepest economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war, reported Reuters. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A demonstrator is seen on a street in Beirut amid smoke rising from tear gas canisters fired during the protest on August 7. To many Lebanese, the explosion was a tragic proof of the rot at the core of their governing system which has failed to halt the deepest economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war, reported Reuters. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

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Demonstrators are seen throwing stones at the riot police while standing behind an iron gate in Beirut on August 6. Lebanon recorded 255 coronavirus cases on August 6, its highest single day infection tally, after the blast turned the planned lockdown upside down and sent thousands streaming into overflowing hospitals. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

Demonstrators are seen throwing stones at the riot police while standing behind an iron gate in Beirut on August 6. Lebanon recorded 255 coronavirus cases on August 6, its highest single day infection tally, after the blast turned the planned lockdown upside down and sent thousands streaming into overflowing hospitals. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

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Riot police advance to push back demonstrators, during the protest in Beirut on August 7. The death toll from the explosion rose from 137 to 149 on Thursday evening, the health ministry said, and was expected to further rise as rescue workers kept digging through the rubble, AFP reported. (AP / PTI)

Riot police advance to push back demonstrators, during the protest in Beirut on August 7. The death toll from the explosion rose from 137 to 149 on Thursday evening, the health ministry said, and was expected to further rise as rescue workers kept digging through the rubble, AFP reported. (AP / PTI)

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French President Emmanuel Macron interacts with Lebanese President Michel Aoun during their meeting following the explosion in Beirut’s port area, at the presidential palace in Baabda, on August 6. Macron pledged to lead the international emergency relief efforts and organise an aid conference in the coming days, promising that “Lebanon is not alone,” Reuters reported. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

French President Emmanuel Macron interacts with Lebanese President Michel Aoun during their meeting following the explosion in Beirut’s port area, at the presidential palace in Baabda, on August 6. Macron pledged to lead the international emergency relief efforts and organise an aid conference in the coming days, promising that “Lebanon is not alone,” Reuters reported. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

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A gathering of demonstrators is seen near a fire during the protest in Beirut on August 7. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun have promised to put the culprits responsible for the explosion behind bars, Reuters reported. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A gathering of demonstrators is seen near a fire during the protest in Beirut on August 7. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun have promised to put the culprits responsible for the explosion behind bars, Reuters reported. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

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