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Police Thursday cleared the ministry of environment of the 13 activists who had stormed the building to protest the Cabinet's lack of transparency and alleged corruption regarding a trash export plan.Around 13 protesters, including activist lawyer Wassef Harakeh, stormed the environment ministry in the Azarieh Building in downtown Beirut at 12:00 p.m., prompting riot police to lock the entrances. Several demonstrators earlier had been seen surrounding the police vehicle to prevent it from moving as others sat in front of it in protest.Riot police tried to move protesters by force and a scuffle erupted between them as the vehicle began to move, despite the presence of more than 30 protesters on the street. "We want to recycle our trash," Badreddine told protesters, underlining that protesters "should feel ashamed".She claimed that protesters inside the ministry were being beaten up by police in attempt to drag them outside the building. The central district has witnessed several standoffs between protesters and police over the past few months.
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