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15 Lebanese Protesters and 35 Policemen Wounded During Anti-Garbage Rally

© REUTERS / Aziz TaherProtestors set uncollected garbage on fire and block a road as they protest against the ongoing refuse crisis in Beirut, Lebanon July 25, 2015.
Protestors set uncollected garbage on fire and block a road as they protest against the ongoing refuse crisis in Beirut, Lebanon July 25, 2015. - Sputnik International
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At least 15 protesters and 35 policemen were injured in the clashes as Lebanese police used teargas and water cannons on Saturday against protesters in downtown of Beirut, the country’s capital, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The protesters clashed with the police forces on Wednesday, when police sprayed the activists protesting against the inability of the government to clean up the country of uncollected rubbish with water cannons.

Clashes in Beirut renewed on Saturday when the police dispersed the anti-garbage demonstrators crying out antigovernmental slogans near the parliament with teargas, rubber bullets and water cannons.

The Lebanese online media Naharnet Newsdesk reported that 35 policemen were injured in the clashes with the protesters.

About 15 demonstrators were wounded, one of them was in critical condition, the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reported citing the Lebanese branch of Red Cross.

Soon after the clashes, protesters began erecting tents to stay in downtown until the government met their demands.

The problem of garbage in Lebanon became sharp after the country’s main landfill was closed in July.

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