Security sources said that the military increased its forces in districts that lead to central
The opposition said the incidents would not drive it to abandon plans for toppling the government of Fouad Siniora, the western-backed sunni prime minister.
The Shia group Hezbollah, which is backed by
Thousands of protesters spent a third night in a newly-built tent city in central
Many banks and businesses were again closed on Monday in central
Business owners in the area have said that lengthy closures could devastate several businesses and force employers to cut jobs.
The opposition, which includes some Christians, has been demanding effective veto power in the government, which has a majority comprising of anti-Syrian politicians from Christian, Sunni and Druze parties.
Six opposition ministers resigned from the cabinet last month after unity talks collapsed. But the depleted government approved plans for the al-Hariri tribunal, sparking the latest protests.
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reported that the several other skirmishes between rival protesters were quickly put down by security forces.
Protesters are still camping in tents close to the Lebanese cabinet offices in central
"We are not letting [the ministers] sleep, we're disturbing them with our noise. We have the resilience to stay not for one month, but a year or two," said one protester.
Amid the protests, Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, arrived in
He said: "The stability of
Government supporters, who held their own mass funeral procession following the assassination of Pierre Gemayel, a member of the Lebanese majority coalition, stayed away from central
Walid Jumblatt, a member of the majority March 14 Forces alliance and de facto leader of
Despite the protest, the city's annual marathon went ahead. Runners used suburban roads to skirt the demonstration.
The opposition has been demanding veto power in the government, whose majority comprises politicians from Christian, Sunni Muslim and Druze parties.
Hezbollah receives financial and logistical support from
Syrian troops and security pulled out of
Politicians in the majority coalition say the opposition only wants to weaken the government and derail a UN tribunal that would try those suspected of involvement in the al-Hariri killing.
A preliminary UN inquiry has implicated Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the killing.
Six opposition ministers resigned from the cabinet last month after talks on national unity collapsed. But the depleted government approved plans for the tribunal, leading to the latest protests.