Public anger builds against Lebanese government after explosion

Lebanese people have expresses anger over the current government over negligence that led to Tuesday’s huge explosion.

President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a warehouse.

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Many have accused the authorities of corruption, neglect and mismanagement.

The blast killed at least 137 people and injured about 5,000 others, while dozens are still missing. The nation has declared a two-week state of emergency.

Beirut is crying, Beirut is screaming, people are hysterical and people are tired,” filmmaker Jude Chehab said.

“I’ve known all the time that we are led by incompetent people, incompetent government… But I tell you something – what they have done now is absolutely criminal,” a resident at the hospital said.

The government on Wednesday placed multiple port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into the explosion.

The country’s Supreme Defence Council insisted that those found responsible would face the “maximum punishment”.

, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called for an independent investigation into the blast. HRW in a statement sad, “serious concerns about the ability of the Lebanese judiciary to conduct a credible and transparent investigation on its own”.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the country and walked round the city. He told crowds he would not let aid go to “corrupt hands”, and promised to call for a “new political pact” from the country’s leaders.