A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walks near barbed wire outside the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut, Tuesday, July 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the government headquarters in Downtown Beirut Tuesday in a mostly-peaceful demonstration to call for sustainable, long-term solutions to the country's garbage crisis.The protest comes one day after a deal was announced to remove the mountains of uncollected trash that had covered Beirut and Mount Lebanon for more than one week.The protesters later split into several groups with one heading to Martyrs Square and another briefly blocking the Fouad Chehab overpass that leads to Downtown Beirut.As the protests were underway, Salam discussed the trash crisis as well as military and security appointments with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel.You Reek, which was formed over Facebook in light of the garbage crisis, had staged a protest Saturday, gathering about 1,000 people who blocked a road outside the Grand Serail.On Monday, hundreds of protesters blocked the main Jiyyeh highway that links Beirut with south Lebanon for a second day to prevent garbage trucks from dumping waste near their neighborhoods, triggering clashes with security forces that left seven people wounded.
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