Po­lice, protesters clash in Beirut

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Le­banese po­lice beat back protesters with clubs and sticks and ar­rested dozens of peo­ple in down­town Beirut on Wed­nes­day as a sec­ond ses­sion of di­a­logue among politi­cians got un­der­way, 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. The cri­sis over un­col­lected trash has emerged as a fes­ter­ing sym­bol of the gov­ern­ment’s paral­y­sis and fail­ure to pro­vide ba­sic ser­vices.

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