A girl takes part in the Against Corruption campaign in the southern city of Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Mounting public anger Friday rattled a Cabinet plan to distribute Beirut and Mount Lebanon trash to landfills and dumps around the country, exposing deep, popular distrust with the government."We are waiting for the danger to reach our homes," said Jean Abi Rizk, a water sanitation expert. He warned a heavy downpour in the Jeita-Daraya-Jaltoun-Ballouneh area would halt Beirut's access to water. Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi urged residents to consent to the proposal, which is part of a Cabinet plan to defuse the protracted trash crisis.Residents of the east Bekaaa village of Majdal Anjar protested in Zahle against the proposal to bury Beirut-area trash in nearby Masnaa.Chehayeb pledged Wednesday that the arrangements to send trash to Sidon, Masnaa and Burj Hammoud, as well as Akkar and Naameh, were temporary.But demonstrators doubted the Cabinet's credibility. Dozens of Akkar residents demonstrated in Abdeh Thursday, vowing to block the proposal to dump trash in Srar.
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