People take part in an anti-government protest at Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban
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The group, which has been spearheading street protests over government corruption and the failure to resolve the garbage crisis, on Monday dismissed the environment minister's decision to quit a ministerial committee tasked with tackling the crisis and insisted on his resignation.Machnouk's stance comes after tens of thousands of Lebanese from across the country joined the You Stink campaign's rally in Martyrs' Square in Downtown Beirut Saturday, waving Lebanese flags and holding banners denouncing corruption and the government's failure to resolve a mounting garbage crisis which has stretched on for seven weeks now.The demonstrators called on Machnouk to resign for mishandling the trash crisis. You Stink gave the government a 72-hour ultimatum to achieve the following four demands: Machnouk's resignation over his failure to address the trash crisis, holding accountable those who opened fire at You Stink protesters on Aug. 22 at Riad al-Solh Square, holding parliamentary elections and a sustainable solution to the garbage crisis along with releasing the results of an investigation carried out by the state financial prosecutor into the country's waste management sector. The committee is different from the ministerial committee which Machnouk has quit.
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