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Lebanese activists raise a stink about trash crisis, government paralysis

Lebanese civil movements continue to call for democratic reform, but government officials protest that real change will be decided, as always, outside Lebanon.

The streets in Beirut are starting to look like open air sewers, with rivers of garbage after heavy rains hit the capital since Oct. 25. New demonstrations took place on Oct. 29 by the civil society movement “You Stink” demanding that the government find a solution to the garbage crisis.

The group is also pressing the current government to address the underlying problem of the institutional vacuum created by nearly two years without a president.

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