Demonstrators Martyr's Square Saturday.(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese politicians expressed support Sunday for the anti-corruption demonstrations this weekend that brought tens of thousands of Lebanese together to protest the trash crisis.Earlier Saturday, Machnouk headed a meeting for the Central Security Council to make sure the protest would pass smoothly without a recurrence of last weekend's violence.Future MovementThe Movement praised Saturday's protests.Mohammad MachnoukDespite calls by protesters for his resignation due to his failure to find a solution to the lingering trash crisis, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk said he would not resign.Machnouk stressed that he wasn't against the demonstrators.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish said Hezbollah supports peaceful protests demanding political reform.Derbas said that protesters should call on the political class to find a solution to the waste crisis before all of Lebanon becomes a landfill.Amnesty InternationalAhead of Saturday's protest, Amnesty International issued a press released stressing the need to hold accountable security forces that used "excessive force" against protesters during last weekend's rallies.
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