Lebanese protesters clash with police over trash crisis

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Rubbish is piles up around a tree at a temporary garbage dump north-east of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on December 21, 2015. The rubbish crisis began in July when the closure of a landfill caused rubbish to pile up on Beirut's roadsides, in parking lots and river beds. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rubbish is piled up at a temporary garbage dump on a beach in Zalka north of Beirut on December 22, 2015. Lebanon's rubbish crisis began in July when the closure of a landfill caused rubbish to pile up on Beirut's roadsides, in parking lots and river beds. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIRUT, LEBANON - JANUARY 14: Anti-government protesters stage a demonstration outside the Environment Ministry in support of activists who were detained after staging a sit-in inside, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, on January 14, 2016. Lebanons trash collection crisis which set off huge protests in the summer is still festering, with no immediate solution on the horizon. (Photo by Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A general view shows rubbish piled up next to a highway bridge at the eastern entrance to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on January 5, 2016. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Youngsters walk past a temporary garbage dump in a suburb of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on January 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An Asian worker collects rubbish from Beirut's public beach, Ramlet al-Baida, on January 5, 2016. / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A car drives past rubbish piled up next to a highway bridge at the eastern entrance to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on January 5, 2016. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view of the Lebanese capital Beirut from the town of Beit Mery in the Metn region on January 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A street cleaner collects dirt from the floor as he walks past a pile of garbage in the town of Jdeideh North East of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on January 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Lebanese civil society activist try to storm the Lebanese Ministry of Environment during an anti-government rally in downtown Beirut to protest against government policies to solve the waste crisis, on January 14, 2016. Lebanese riot police arrested around ten acivists as demonstrators tried to storm the Ministry of Environment in protest against the country's ongoing trash crisis. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 photo, a car passes by a pile of garbage in Karantina, east Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanonâs trash collection crisis which set off summer protests is entering its sixth month, but you would hardly be able to know it in Beirut. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 photo, a pile of garbage blocks a street covers by a green tarp in Karantina, east Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanonâs trash collection crisis which set off summer protests is entering its sixth month, but you would hardly be able to know it in Beirut. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
A bulldozer moves piles of garbage in Karantina, east Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Lebanon has been witnessing a wave of anti-government rallies, sparked by the government's inability to solve an ongoing trash crisis. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese activists are sprayed with water as they try to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese riot policemen stand guard in front the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese riot policemen arrest an activist, center, as they are sprayed by water cannons during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese activists, right, clash with policemen, left, as they try to cross to the government house during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. A group of Lebanese activists have clashed with Lebanese police who sprayed them with water cannons in downtown Beirut over the country’s mounting trash crisis. Garbage has been accumulating on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese policemen stop an activist, center, who was trying to remove barriers to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. to cross to the government house, as riot police spray them by water during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. A group of Lebanese activists have clashed with Lebanese police who sprayed them with water cannons in downtown Beirut over the country’s mounting trash crisis. Garbage has been accumulating on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese riot police scuffle with Lebanese activists during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
A Lebanese activist carries a plastic bag of garbage as he sprayed by water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese activists, right, clash with policemen, left, as they try to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. A group of Lebanese activists have clashed with Lebanese police who sprayed them with water cannons in downtown Beirut over the country’s mounting trash crisis. Garbage has been accumulating on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.(AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese paramedics carry away a Lebanese demonstrator during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
A Lebanese woman holds a Lebanese flag as she stands in front of riot police during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese riot police scuffle with Lebanese activists during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese activists shout anti-government slogans as they are sprayed by riot police using water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese activists remove barriers as they try to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Lebanese activists are sprayed by riot police using water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
FILE - In this July 27, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut, Lebanon. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 that the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for the country's trash. Garbage has been collecting on streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
A pile of garbage blocks a street in east Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Monday that the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for the country's trash. Garbage has been collecting on streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
A pile of garbage lies on the bank of the Beirut River as polluted water flows past and into the Mediterranean Sea, in Karantina, east Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 that the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for the country's trash. Garbage has been collecting on streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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BEIRUT (AP) -- A group of Lebanese activists have clashed with Lebanese police who sprayed them with water cannons in downtown Beirut over the country's mounting trash crisis.

Garbage has been accumulating on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.

Around 100 activists gathered outside the government building Wednesday night, shouting anti-government slogans. Some tried to break the security cordon, leading to clashes with the police.

Lebanon's health minister has said the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its trash problem.

Political disputes have blocked the government from making any major decisions, including agreeing on alternative ways of dealing with the garbage crisis.

How Lebanon's Garbage Crisis Is Causing A Big Stink In Beirut
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