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BEIRUT---Lebanese police beat back protesters
with clubs and sticks and arrested dozens of people
in downtown Beirut yesterday as a second session
of dialogue among politicians got under way, the
latest confrontations this city has seen over the
country s summer trash crisis.
The small group of activists had gathered near
the parliament building, where the meeting was
taking place. Some of the protesters had brought
eggs to pelt politicians convoys while others tried
to block the street.
Baton-wielding riot police soon clashed with the
protesters, at one point dragging two of them on
the ground and violently beating both. Some pro-
testers shouted at the police: "Shabiha," Arabic for
thugs. Ambulances rushed to the scene and took
the wounded away. The main group behind the
protests, "You Stink," said 40 people were arrest-
ed.By evening, dozens gathered outside government
offices, demanding the release of those detained
and chanting against the government. "We, the
people, are the red line," they shouted.
Some threw trash-filled bags at the barbed wire
that has been erected around the offices, while
others burned trash in protest.
Later, the official National News Agency said the
prosecutors ordered the release of all those detained.
But the protesters remained in Beirut s Riad el-Solh
Square, which has become the epicentre in the
standoff between the government and the protest-
"We will stay here until the last detainee is
released," said Arabi al-Andari, who was released
and came to join the protesters again.
A crisis over uncollected trash in the Lebanese
capital has ignited the largest protests in the country
in years and has emerged as a festering symbol of
the government s paralysis and failure to provide
Heaps of garbage accumulated in Beirut s streets
after authorities closed the capital s main landfill
on July 17 and failed to provide an alternative.
The protests quickly moved beyond just the trash
in the streets to target an entire political class that
has dominated the country and undermined its
growth since the civil war ended in 1990. Lebanon
has a sectarian power-sharing system that often
leads to incessant bickering and cronyism among
the country s politicians.
Last week, the Cabinet adopted a plan to end the
garbage crisis by temporarily moving the trash to
new landfills, but it has not been implemented yet.
The protest organisers say it is not sustainable.
"We gave the government a chance to solve the
trash crisis and release the detainees, they didn t
do anything," said Asaad Thebian, a leader of the
"You Stink" movement. He promised further esca-
lation and called for mass protests.
At one point, a group of young men on motor-
cycles believed to be supporters of Parliament Speak-
er Nabih Berri attacked a gathering of protesters
who have been staging a sit-in and a hunger strike
outside the Environment Ministry for two weeks,
uprooting their tents and throwing large stones at
Thousands of people have taken part in huge
demonstrations over the past two weeks. Among
other things, they are demanding new parliamentary
elections, to be followed by presidential elections.
Lebanon has been without a president for over
a year, and members of parliament have controver-
sially extended their term twice amid disputes over
an election law. (AP)
A thrown chair
they push back
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