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50 injured in Beirut in anti-government protests

What started as protests about uncollected garbage has evolved into mass unrest.

FILE: Lebanese protesters chant slogans as riot police fire water cannons following a demonstration, organised by “You Stink” campaign, to protest against the ongoing country’s trash crisis on 23 August, 2015 in the capital Beirut. Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - At least 50 people have been injured in Beirut as anti-government demonstrations enter their fourth day.

What started as protests about uncollected garbage has evolved into mass unrest with calls for the government to step down.

An emergency meeting yesterday failed to reach a solution.

The violence and anger on the streets is palpable and unpredictable.

While things are calm, during the early hours of this morning, youngsters with their faces covered were hurling stones and bottles at riot police and setting tyres ablaze.

Eyewitness News reporter Paula Slier was there.

"I was caught in the middle, anger was growing by the minute," she said.

Protesters were shouting slogans such as "The Revolution Is Here" and "Down With The Government" to riot police that had linked arms a few metres down the road and were standing with their shields and batons in front of them.

Eventually the police retreated to behind bob wire, while the protesters continued to shout abuse at them.

The prime minister has warned he could resign. This triggers further concerns that the country might descend into even more chaos.