Lebanon's 'You Stink' protesters issue 72-hour ultimatum

People hitting streets want Beirut administration to come up with 'trash crisis' solution shortly

Lebanon's 'You Stink' protesters issue 72-hour ultimatum

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of Lebanon protesters upset with government's inappropriate handling of garbage crisis issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Beirut administration Sunday. The campaigners are also angry over corruption allegations surrounding government officials and have called for the resignation of ministers.

Security has been beefed up in the Lebanese capital amid the rising tensions and fears that the rallies could turn violent. The protest organisers have pledged to step up their agitation if the government does not resign by Tuesday, 1 September.

Addressing the huge crowd, one of the You Stink representatives, Rasha Halabi, told the protesters, who responded with loud cheers: "We are still in the beginning."

The riot police arrested several demonstrators at Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square, where the protesters converged. Analysts have said such a gathering is unprecedented since the protests were not fuelled by any political party unlike earlier mass movements in Lebanon.

"Today is a step on a long road. We are depending on this movement. The more it advances forcefully, the more the people join," Fares Shoufani, a 48-year-old contractor at the protests, said.

"This mobilisation we see today is different. It is not politicised, it is not linked to any political movement. This is important - the movement was able to unite people who are disgusted by politicians," Jad Chaaban, an economics professor at the American University of Beirut, said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ağustos 2015, 09:28