Protesters hold banners against the government's inaction over the garbage crisis in Riad al-Solh Square, Downtown Beirut, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Pia Francis)
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About 1,000 people blocked a road outside the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut Saturday to protest the government's failure to find a solution to the week-long garbage crisis, with many calling on it to resign.The protesters marched away from the Grand Serail toward the nearby Beirut Municipality before returning.The demonstration began to die down after about two hours before transforming into a peaceful sit-in, during which the participants discussed ways to solve the garbage crisis. Gen. Shamel Roukoz, head of the Army's Commando Regiment, stepped out of his car and saluted the demonstrators. The protesters cheered the popular security chief and opened the road for him.
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