Politicians have failed to agree on a government or an economic rescue plan since the unrest pushed Hariri to quit as prime minister on October 29, paralyzing efforts to recover from a crisis that has shattered confidence in banks and raised investor concerns about its ability to repay steep foreign debt.
Saturday witnessed the worst rioting since the protests began, with almost 400 people injured, including around 120 who were treated in hospital.
Anti-government protesters throw a glass panel against the riot police who are standing behind barriers defense, during ongoing protests against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.
Get The Brief. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now.. They chased after hundreds of men and women near Lebanon's parliament late into the night.
The security forces responded with water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds.
As more protestors began to gather downtown, police forced them back to the central Martyrs' Square, which has been the hub for a string of recent demonstrations.
An eyewitness, speaking on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals, said the young man was taken away by men dressed in black who put him in a civilian vehicle and drove away. "Riot police showed a blatant disregard for their human rights obligations, instead launching teargas canisters at protesters' heads, firing rubber bullets in their eyes and attacking people at hospitals and a mosque".
Lebanon's Internal Security Forces (ISF) urged people to remain calm and said otherwise it would be forced to repel them.
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Banks have also imposed strict controls on foreign transfers and the withdrawal of U.S. dollars.
"The police hit me", the architect, 25, said.
The state-run National News Agency said around 30 people were detained following the violence but later released.
The newly designated prime minister Hassan Diab was expected to announce a cabinet on Friday but his latest attempt failed due to political disputes.
"They are using the old method to form the government ... so it's not acceptable", protester Jil Samaha told the Associated Press.
Unprecedented protests have rocked the country since 17 October, with citizens from all religious backgrounds demanding the exit of a political class they view as inept, corrupt and responsible for an ever-deepening economic crisis, according to AFP.
Protesters have also turned their anger on the banks - which have curbed access to savings - with some smashing the facade of the banking association on Saturday night.
"The continuation of the caretaker government is not the solution so let's stop wasting time and have the government bear the responsibility", Hariri said.