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10 Arrested after Saturday Rally Marred by Rioters

Security forces announced on Sunday that ten people were arrested following Saturday's civil society protest that took a violent turn as night set in.

The Internal Security Forces said that investigations are underway with the detainees in connection with the rioting that erupted at the end of the peaceful rally.

They added that two of their members were slightly wounded in the scuffles.

The unrest broke out in Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square.

Earlier on Saturday, the “You Stink” civil society activists staged a huge protest against the current political deadlock in the country and officials' ongoing failure to resolve a waste management crisis that erupted in July.

The crisis started when the Naameh landfill was closed amid a failure to find an alternative which led to the piling up of garbage on streets throughout the country.

Thousands of protesters on Saturday demanded the resignation of Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq and called for holding Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq accountable for the use of force during a similar protest held a week ago.

They also called for the election of a new president.

They gave the government 72 hours to meet their demands, warning that after the deadline expires it will take escalatory measures not just in Beirut.


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