Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 24th 2015 Contents cians resign, saying they are not fit to rule to country.
Salam, Lebanon s prime minister, said in a news con-
ference earlier yesterday that if this Thursday s Cabinet
meeting is not productive, "then there is no need for
the council of ministers."
Lebanon has a sectarian power-sharing system that
ensures equal representation between the country s
main religious sects.
The arrangement often leads to complete paralysis,
though Lebanon has been relatively calm amid regional
instability. A resignation by Salam would risk plunging
the country into further chaos. (AP)
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BEIRUT---Lebanese riot police fired tear gas and
water cannons for the second consecutive day in
downtown Beirut yesterday as they battled protesters
with batons and stones---a marked escalation of mass
demonstrations against an ongoing trash crisis.
Sporadic gunfire echoed through the capital s com-
mercial district into the night as police fired in the air
to disperse protesters. The violence came hours after
Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he might step
down following violent protests Saturday that injured
more than 100 people.
The violence threatens to plunge Lebanon in new
instability and political turmoil, adding to the greater
Mideast s upheaval. The demonstrations, the largest
in years to shake tiny Lebanon, seek to upend what
protesters see as a corrupt and dysfunctional political
system that has no functional Cabinet or parliament,
nor a president for more than a year.
"We are ruled by corrupt losers! All of them--- war-
lords, legislators and ministers---are working for their
own interest and not those of the people," said Nada
Qadoura, a retired woman who took part in yesterday s
protest along with two of her friends. "The will of the
people will eventually succeed no matter how long it
Yesterday s clashes broke out shortly before sunset
when angry protesters tried to break through barbed
wire leading to the government s headquarters. Police
beat back protesters with clubs and water cannons,
occasionally hurling stones at protesters who threw
rocks and water bottles. At least two riot police officers
were injured and whisked away by their colleagues.
Ambulances carried away at least five injured protesters
from Riad Solh Square in central Beirut, where the
demonstrators had been gathering since the morning.
Later yesterday evening, protesters were able to break
through the first barbed wire after intense clashes with
security forces. When the protesters got closer to the
government headquarters, police fired tear gas, forcing
thousands to flee.
The protesters took over a police motorcycle and
set it on fire. Some protesters carrying clubs also
attacked police vehicles, hurling stones and bottles at
"Shabiha!" the protesters would shout, an Arabic
term often used to refer to thugs.
Yesterday s protest was larger than the previous
day s, with some local television stations saying about
20,000 people participated.
The protests started over garbage piling up on the
streets after the capital s main landfill was closed a
month ago. An online group calling itself "You Stink!"
and other civil society groups organised the rallies,
calling on Lebanese to join them in a revolt against
the corrupt system.
Protesters now demand that the country s top politi-
Police fire tear gas at protesters
in Beirut for second day
Iran---Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran yes-
terday in a sign of newly thawed relations in the
wake of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attended
the reopening ceremony and witnessed the raising
of the Union flag over the compound. The embassy
has been closed since November 2011, when it was
stormed by demonstrators protesting the imposition
of international sanctions against the Islamic Repub-
"Maintaining dialogue even under the most difficult
conditions is crucially important," Hammond said
during a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "So reopening the
embassy in Tehran and the Iranian embassy in London
is not just an important symbol. It s an important
practical channel for being able to engage on the
very many issues that are of concern and the very
many issues that we have shared interests." (AP)
British foreign secretary
reopens embassy in Tehran
Lebanese activists hold up a
makeshift shield as they are
sprayed by riot police using water
cannons during a protest against
the ongoing trash crisis, in
downtown Beirut, Lebanon,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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