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Trash crisis in Beirut

Within the "You Stink" mass protests, which began over a nationwide trash collection crisis, protesters occupied the environment ministry in downtown Beirut demanding the minister's resignation.

Trash crisis in Beirut
Lebanese activists stand in front of riot police outside the environment ministry in downtown Beirut on September 1, 2015 as Lebanese police started forcefully evacuating protesters who had occupied part of the building in a surprise sit-in to demand the minister's resignation after mass protests which began over a nationwide trash collection crisis. A security source said police were gradually moving the several dozen protesters from the 'You Stink' campaign down from the seventh floor of the building. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
A Lebanese woman shouts slogans towards policemen who block the access to the Environment ministry where activists launched a surprise sit-in to demand the minister's resignation after mass protests which began over a nationwide trash collection crisis on September 1, 2015 in the capital Beirut. Several dozen activists are occupying part of the ministry, hours ahead of a deadline set by campaigners for the government to respond to their demands after a massive weekend demonstration. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
Lebanese activists flash the sign of victory from a window during a surprise sit-in at Lebanon's environment ministry to demand the minister's resignation after mass protests which began over a nationwide trash collection crisis on September 1, 2015 in the capital Beirut. Several dozen activists are occupying part of the ministry, hours ahead of a deadline set by campaigners for the government to respond to their demands after a massive weekend demonstration. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
Lebanese policemen walk past activists sitting in a hallway during a surprise sit-in at Lebanon's environment ministry to demand the minister's resignation after mass protests which began over a nationwide trash collection crisis on September 1, 2015 in the capital Beirut. Several dozen activists are occupying part of the ministry, hours ahead of a deadline set by campaigners for the government to respond to their demands after a massive weekend demonstration. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
Lebanese activists hold a national flag from a window during a surprise sit-in at Lebanon's environment ministry to demand the minister's resignation after mass protests which began over a nationwide trash collection crisis on September 1, 2015 in the capital Beirut. Several dozen activists are occupying part of the ministry, hours ahead of a deadline set by campaigners for the government to respond to their demands after a massive weekend demonstration. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
Garbage collectors remove waste from a street in Beirut's eastern suburb of Dora to a temporary location outside of the Lebanese capital on August 31, 2015. Pressure is growing on Lebanon's government after a protest campaign spurred by a trash crisis gave political leaders a deadline to meet their demands. The ultimatum calls for a sustainable solution to the trash crisis that flared in mid-July, the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammad Mashnuq and new elections to replace a parliament in power since 2009. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
Lebanese protesters stand in front of the barbed wire separating them from the governmental palace during a mass rally against a political class seen as corrupt and incapable of providing basic services on August 29, 2015 at the iconic Martyrs Square in Beirut. Waving Lebanese flags, some marked 'We've had enough', men, women and children gathered at the square which sat on a Christian-Muslim dividing line during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war. (AFP/Getty Images)
Trash crisis in Beirut
Lebanese hold banners and flags during a mass rally against a political class seen as corrupt and incapable of providing basic services on August 29, 2015 at the iconic Martyrs Square in Beirut. Waving Lebanese flags, some marked 'We've had enough', men, women and children gathered at the square which sat on a Christian-Muslim dividing line during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war. (AFP/Getty Images)