Beirut’s police fired water cannons at thousands of activists protesting against the city’s waste disposal crisis, on Saturday. Demonstrators rallied in Riyad Solh Square and attempted to march to the Lebanese parliament before being blocked by riot police who shot rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd.
The demonstration was sparked after the city’s main landfill closed in July due to overcapacity, worsening the city’s waste crisis. Illegal dumping has been on the increase as mountains of rubbish have since been piled up throughout the city and turning Beirut’s port into a main dumping ground.
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