Thousands march in Beirut to demand an end to the trash crisis, Saturday, March 12, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The You Stink movement Saturday called for a nationwide strike Monday, vowing to paralyze movements in the country and to remain in the streets until the government puts an end to the eight-month trash crisis.In a statement read out by You Stink organizer Ali Slim, the group called on all people not to head to work or school Monday. The Cabinet was simultaneously holding a meeting to debate a landfill proposal approved by a ministerial committee one day earlier.The plan was approved more than seven hours after the meeting started, paving the way for three landfills to be opened around Beirut.Slim called on Prime Minister Tammam Salam to reveal to the public the government-mandated garbage plan.The Cabinet began meeting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in a special session after the ministerial trash committee tasked with resolving the crisis reached an agreement to open landfills Friday.The Cabinet approved the plan, announcing that Naameh would be reopened for two months despite the repeated protests against a similar plan in the past.
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