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Garbage collection worsens as Beirut protests continue

Demonstrations were sparked by a waste removal crisis after the government closed down the main landfill.

FILE: A demonstration to protest against the ongoing country’s trash crisis in Beirut. Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - Protests are continuing in Beirut as the crisis over garbage collection worsens.

The demonstrations were sparked by a waste removal crisis after the government closed down Beirut's main landfill without providing an alternative for the capital and its suburbs.

Beirut has been jolted by daily protests for the past week, including two massive demonstrations that turned violent a few days ago.

Across the country, fresh piles of trash are accumulating in the streets. This is what sparked the mass demonstrations in the first place and the government seems powerless to do anything.

A week later and residents have mixed feelings about what more anti-government protests might bring.

Some tell Eyewitness News that they are elated that the Lebanese are finally demanding their rights.

But others are afraid that more rioting will take place. Organisers of the main protest movement known as You Stink are calling on all Lebanese to take part in a huge rally planned for Saturday.