Police use water cannons to disperse protesters in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Riot police dispersed protesters in Downtown Beirut late Thursday evening, arresting some of their leaders hours after demonstrators took to the streets demanding an immediate solution to the ongoing trash crisis.The protesters had vowed to stay in Martyrs' Square until all demonstrators arrested earlier by Internal Security Forces were released. After five hours of confrontation between police and protesters, the Internal Security Forces cleared the area, arresting several activists including leader Imad Bazzi. The demonstrators also urged the state to work on the release of 25 servicemen kidnapped by ISIS and the Nusra Front since last year.Demonstrators parted as water cannons hosed them down.After two months of almost daily popular protests the response of the riot police was welcomed.Ouaiss also decried the fact that the riot police had blocked the way and hindered the demonstrators from reaching Nijmeh Square.The ISF released a statement saying that the riot police had suffered casualties which necessitated the use of anti-riot measures.
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