Rubber bullet marks on the body of one of the protesters in Downtown Beirut on Saturday, August 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumbaltt called on Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to step down over the violent police response to the large protest in Downtown Beirut Saturday against the garbage crisis.Machnouk, who is outside the country, said he only learned of the protest violence around 10:15 p.m., more than three hours after police began attacking demonstrators with rubber bullets, batons and water cannons, wounding about 75 .Protesters, who originally took to the streets to call for sustainable solutions to the garbage crisis, are now demanding the resignation of Machnouk, the Cabinet and for immediate parliamentary elections. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said he contacted Prime Minister Tammam Salam proposing that the clashes be stopped and protesters form a delegation to negotiate with government.
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