Protesters hold magazines of Environment Ministry Mohammad Machnouk upside down during a protest in the environment ministry in downtown Beirut, Lebanon September 1, 2015.REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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When activists protesting the failure of the government to resolve the trash crisis stormed the Environment Ministry, they were raising the bar in a 10-day standoff with the government.Protests are a right, and so is the right for freedom of speech, but organizers have to be wary of crossing the line of having a populist movement seeking reform and a movement that promotes anarchy and chaos – the same here applies to political parties who want to take to the streets because of narrow or personal interests.
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