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Fears of Arab Spring grow in Lebanon

The organisers behind the street protests are threatening to escalate their public protests.

Lebanese protesters stand on both sides of the barbed wire separating them from the governmental palace as some of them managed to get through them at the end of a mass rally against a political class seen as corrupt and incapable of providing basic services on 29 August, 2015 at the iconic Martyrs Square in Beirut. Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - Protesters in Lebanon have given their government until tomorrow night to meet their demands or face further street demonstrations.

Fears are growing that an Arab spring styled revolution could be in the making, as tens of thousands of citizens continue to call for their government to step down.

The organisers behind the street protests dubbed 'You Stink!,' are threatening to escalate their public protests unless the interior minister responsible for alleged police brutality is replaced

They also want the minister of environment who is in charge of the ineffectual rubbish collection service that has left the streets of Beirut lined with trash to resign

Many down-town buildings are spray painted with slogans of the Arab Spring such as "Make it a revolution!" or the "People want the downfall of the regime!"

But so far the government has failed to address the protestors' concerns, these include collecting garbage, dealing with electricity cuts and providing jobs for many of the country's unemployed youth.

A mass protest over the weekend again turned violent when riot police stormed into a crowd of thousands who had turned out to show their support for the "You Stink" movement.

Lebanon's public debt currently stands at about 143 percent of gross domestic product, a government source said.

Lebanon, still rebuilding from its 1975-1990 civil war, has been repeatedly jolted by spillover from the Syria war, including political violence and a major refugee crisis.

Hezbollah, a powerful Iranian-backed party, is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict.

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