Protest over prison conditions in Lebanon

Beirut – Relatives of inmates from a prison in Lebanon on Monday tried to storm the headquarters of the government to protest conditions at the prison, police said.

‘Security forces managed to stop some 500 angry protesters from reaching the governmental Palace and closed all entrances leading to the premises,’ according to a police report.

Poor conditions in prisons and a slow judicial process have sparked several riots in the country’s prisons, where inmates sometimes spend years awaiting trial.

Roumieh Central Prison which is located east of the capital Beirut, was built for around 1,500 prisoners, but it presently houses more than 3,700.

Human rights activists have repeatedly urged the government to implement prison reforms.

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