Protesters attend the You Stink demonstration at Martyrs' Square in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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A coalition of activist groups which includes You Stink rejected Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb's plan to manage Lebanon's waste Saturday, describing it as an act of "deception" and calling for an environmental state of emergency.In a long Cabinet session Wednesday, ministers endorsed Chehayeb's garbage management plan to reopen the Naameh landfill for seven days to give Beirut and Mount Lebanon relief from the trash that has overwhelmed streets and reached forests and rivers.Ministers also settled on establishing landfills in Akkar and the Bekaa Valley in addition to distributing garbage to Sidon's waste treatment plant. However, since the announcement of the plan, protests have taken place in Akkar, the Bekaa Valley, Naameh and Sidon, against the proposal.
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