Protesters carry banners during a rally in Beirut, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon politicians turned their backs on demands made by tens of thousands of anti-government protesters who marched in Beirut over the weekend, ignoring a 72-hour ultimatum which demonstrators set for their grievances to be addressed. Premier Tammam Salam said Sunday that the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk, a key demand by protesters, would not solve the garbage problem. Machnouk is close to Salam. You Stink gave the government a 72-hour ultimatum to achieve the following four demands: the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk over his failure to address the trash crisis, holding accountable those who opened fire at You Stink protesters on Aug. 22 at Riad al-Solh Square and the resignation of Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk if he turned out to have given the orders for shooting.The other two demands are holding parliamentary elections and a sustainable solution to the garbage crisis along with releasing the results of an investigation carried out by the state financial prosecutor into the country's waste management sector.You Stink threatened to escalate protests if these demands were not met by Tuesday evening. The Internal Security Forces said that it arrested 10 protesters.
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