A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The garbage crisis, power rationing, the heat and the presidential vacuum – Lebanese have had a lot to cope with this year, and many say they are overwhelmed, disenchanted and looking for a way out.Protestors prepared to mobilize for a demonstration Wednesday to protest the government's inept management of the trash crisis. The demonstration is the second step in a plan set out by Imad Akawi, the head of Popular Aid Collective, to reform the country's public services. So Akawi opted for the second part of his plan.Next week Akawi will also meet with Beirut's mayor, the governor and environment minister to press for the implementation of a law passed by Parliament in 2000 which permits the incineration of wastes. Hadid and Akawi stressed that Wednesday's demonstration will include individuals from all sects, and said it was primarily organized by Beirut-based NGOs.Mounifa Badreddine yelped while shopping in Ashrafieh when asked whether she would be joining the demonstration.
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