In Lebanon, anti-government protests continued over the weekend, resulting in violent clashes with police, who deployed water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas against demonstrators in the capital Beirut. Hundreds were injured, according to local reports. Human rights groups have accused riot police of using excessive force and violating the rights of protesters. The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on authorities to investigate attacks and the detaining of journalists who have been targeted while covering the protests. Lebanon has been rocked by mass demonstrations for months, which forced out Prime Minister Saad Hariri in October. Protesters say they are increasingly frustrated by the deepening financial and political crises.