Beirut – Dozens were injured Saturday when a protest against mounting piles of garbage turned into violence in the Lebanese capital.
Hundreds of Lebanese activists took to the street under the banner ‘You Stink’. At least 75 protesters were wounded in Saturday’s clashes with security forces in central Beirut, local sources reported.
On Sunday, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam told reporters in Beirut that the country suffers a political crisis amid lack of a president or a functioning parliament.
“The garbage crisis is what broke the camel’s back, but the story is much bigger than this,” Salam said. “Did you know that because of the failure to take decisions, we may not be able to pay the salaries of a large number of public sector employees?”
The Lebanese PM added that the inability to service the public debt through bond sales “could push Lebanon’s rating down to the ranks of the failed states”.
Local sources said that garbage has been piling up in Beirut since July 17. The garbage kept increasing in other areas of the country as the cabinet deadlocked over the issue.
Reporting by: Ahmed Hassan
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