A couple cover their faces as they drive past piled-up garbage in Beirut, Monday, July 27, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Residents of the capital from Ashrafieh to Tayyouneh expressed a range of emotions, from anger to hopelessness, as Beirut's garbage crisis dragged on for yet another day.Residents interviewed by The Daily Star were unanimous in suggesting that the solution to the garbage crisis, and to all the country's woes, was to elect a new Parliament that retains no elements of the current regime. The older generation has experienced nothing but hopelessness, while the post-Civil War generation has been raised to believe that Lebanon is a failed state that will never change.Hundreds took to the streets Saturday, marching on the Grand Serail to demand a solution to the crisis."I did not know about it, there should have been massive media coverage calling [people to come] to the event, but I never saw anything," Hadi Youssef said.Others said that while they were aware of the protest, it seemed a futile exercise. An individual affiliated with a political party in Ashrafieh who also wished to remain anonymous said that although he wanted to participate in Saturday's demonstration, he abstained out of fear.Asked about potential solutions to the crisis, most suggested that the country needed greater awareness of recycling options.
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