Protesters demand the release of activist Tarek al-Mallah during a rally outside the Beirut Justice Palace, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Dozens of protesters rallied Wednesday outside the Beirut Justice Palace to demand the release of Tarek al-Mallah, who is accused of attacking Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas' car during an anti-trash demonstration one day earlier.Mallah was arrested Tuesday hours after he allegedly attacked Derbas as the minister was traveling in his car near the Interior Ministry on Spears Street in Hamra.Mallah, believed to be 21, was raised in the Dar al-Aytam orphanage for some 13 years, during which he alleged that he had been raped.Derbas said about 15 people attacked his car. The protesters, according to Derbas, blocked the road and prevented him from passing.
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