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Lebanon: Authorities remove 'Beirut Wall' erected around government palace01:29

Lebanon: Authorities remove 'Beirut Wall' erected around government palace

Lebanon, Beirut
August 26, 2015 at 08:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lebanese authorities dismantled the concrete wall, dubbed the 'Beirut Wall', around the government palace in Beirut, Wednesday. The wall was erected on Monday to protect the area against demonstrators as protests continue over the ongoing waste disposal crisis that has seen tonnes of rubbish piled up on the streets of the Lebanese capital. The order to dismantle the wall was given by Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

On Tuesday night protesters built a fire outside the government palace in Riad al-Solh Square. Several people were injured after police in riot gear charged against the protesters. Some of the wounded had to be carried away by their colleagues due to their bad condition after being beaten by police and several people were arrested during the clashes. In total, forty-three demonstrators were reportedly detained and more than 70 injured.

Tuesday's protest in the Lebanese capital started after hundreds of protesters gathered once again in continuation of the 'You Stink' movement that erupted on Saturday. Tensions began earlier this summer after piles of rubbish began to accumulate across the city due to the closure of the Naameh landfill. Demonstrations have seen one protester killed and multiple other protesters and security forces injured so far.

Lebanon: Authorities remove 'Beirut Wall' erected around government palace01:29
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Lebanese authorities dismantled the concrete wall, dubbed the 'Beirut Wall', around the government palace in Beirut, Wednesday. The wall was erected on Monday to protect the area against demonstrators as protests continue over the ongoing waste disposal crisis that has seen tonnes of rubbish piled up on the streets of the Lebanese capital. The order to dismantle the wall was given by Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

On Tuesday night protesters built a fire outside the government palace in Riad al-Solh Square. Several people were injured after police in riot gear charged against the protesters. Some of the wounded had to be carried away by their colleagues due to their bad condition after being beaten by police and several people were arrested during the clashes. In total, forty-three demonstrators were reportedly detained and more than 70 injured.

Tuesday's protest in the Lebanese capital started after hundreds of protesters gathered once again in continuation of the 'You Stink' movement that erupted on Saturday. Tensions began earlier this summer after piles of rubbish began to accumulate across the city due to the closure of the Naameh landfill. Demonstrations have seen one protester killed and multiple other protesters and security forces injured so far.