Riot police storm Lebanese ministry, expel protesters

2015-09-01 18:22
People pass a pile of garbage blocking a street in Jal el-Dib. (Bilal Hussein, AP)

People pass a pile of garbage blocking a street in Jal el-Dib. (Bilal Hussein, AP)

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Beirut - Riot police stormed the Lebanese Environment Ministry to expel protesters who occupied the building for six hours to call for the resignation of Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq over his failure to resolve the country's garbage crisis.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the area.

The protesters, who belong to the "You Stink" campaign, on Saturday gave a 72-hour ultimatum for the authorities to meet their demands, including the resignation of the minister. 

Heaps of garbage have been piling up around Beirut and other parts of the country after the government was unable to replace the contractors who collect rubbish.

Many Lebanese citizens see this as a manifestation of a dysfunctional government that is unable to carry out basic functions.

An ongoing supply of electricity also remains out of reach. 

The activists chanted "Mashnouq out" and urged the ministry employees to join them.

They also called on all Lebanese citizens to join them at the ministry.

Lebanese television broadcast images showing activists sitting on the floor, clapping and chanting slogans against the minister.

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