Activists have a picnic at Zaitunay Bay.
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Ahead of yet another politically charged week, lawmakers are preparing to meet for another National Dialogue session, while activists vowed Sunday that they would not leave the streets after the trash crisis claimed its first fatality.The group spearheaded recent protests in Downtown Beirut, condemning the government's corruption and failure to address the garbage crisis.Last week, civil society groups held protests into the evening in conjunction with the dialogue session. Following the closure of the Naameh landfill on July 17, the government was unable to find an alternate site for dumping waste, and garbage piled up on the streets of Beirut and other areas.Activists have rejected the plan as well.The coalition, named for the large anti-government protest held in Downtown Beirut on Aug. 29, is comprised of several groups that have sprouted in the wake of the garbage crisis.Sunday, activists held a protest near the Environment Ministry in expression of solidarity with hunger strikers holding a seat in there to pressure Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign over his failure to solve the garbage crisis.
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