Dozens of protesters occupy the environment ministry in Beirut demanding minister Mohamad Al Machnouk resign over a garbage disposal crisis in the city. Gavino Garay reports.
There's garbage festering on the streets of Beirut...and protesters from the "You Stink" campaign say they've had enough. Disgusted with the government's inability to remove the trash, dozens of protesters stormed the environment ministry in the Lebanese capital, demanding the resignation of minister Mohamad Al Machnouk. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE PROTESTER, ZEINA, SAYING: "I am here to ask the minister who neglected his responsibilities to resign from the government and step down from his chair, because we can't handle the garbage crisis in Lebanon any longer.." The garbage problem is a symptom of what the protesters say is the failure of a political system run by sectarian politicians. They say their leaders can't agree on anything...including garbage collection... The are demanding action, and say they'll maintain their protest until the trash - if not the political system - is cleaned up.