Clashes as #YouStink protesters try to surround Beirut parliament building (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A protester carrying a Lebanese flag stands near riot police that are blocking a street leading to the parliament building where a session of "national dialogue" is taking place between politicians aimed at discussing ways out of a political crisis, Beirut, September 16, 2015. © Aziz Taher
Dozens of anti-government protesters have clashed with police officers in Beirut during the most recent confrontations in the Lebanese capital. Media reports suggest that several people have been injured and arrested during the rally.

The demonstrators gathered in downtown Beirut early Wednesday. They had been attempting to remove barbed wire surrounding the parliament building, prompting security forces to call for reinforcements, Lebanon’s National News Agency said.

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The rally, which took place under the slogan #YouStink, was organized by the ‘Talat Rihtkm’ movement on Facebook which called upon people to confront the Lebanese government “physically and vocally”. It also urged the participants to bring “pans, garbage and veggies”.

“NO for useless dialogues that abate the work of the State’s institutions,” the group wrote on Facebook.

The Daily Star reported that 38 protesters were detained and 20 injured in the clashes.
"I am here to raise the voice," one protester told TV channel Al-Jadeed, "They [Lebanon's politicians] might be able to enter Parliament but they won't be able to leave it.”

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The situation in Lebanon has been tense since July when authorities stopped using one of the country’s main landfills in the town of al-Naameh, south of Beirut, and piles of rubbish began to appear on the streets of the capital.

In August the protests in Beirut turned violent, resulting in injuries among both protesters and police officers. Numerous videos released on social media show demonstrators throwing rocks and firecrackers at police. The officers responded with water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas to tackle the demonstrators.

ابعاد المتظاهريين بالقوة و الضرب نحو جسر الرينغ.

Posted by ‎طلعت ريحتكم‎ on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Posted by ‎طلعت ريحتكم‎ on Wednesday, September 16, 2015