Trash tips Beirut into angry crisis
BEIRUT: Activists in Lebanon have vowed to press ahead with protests over a trash crisis that have become an outlet for deep-rooted, widespread frustration over political stagnation, corruption and crumbling infrastructure.
Large crowds massed in central Beirut for demonstrations that demanded a resumption of rubbish collection, stopped when a rubbish tip overflowed, and a political overhaul, even the government’s resignation.
Security forces have erected concrete blast walls at the protest site.
Organisers of the “You Stink” campaign said another demonstration would be postponed after violence erupted, but vowed the campaign would continue. “We need to reassess and organise our demands,” they said in a statement.
Analysts said the protests were now about much more than rubbish.