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Hundreds protest in Lebanese capital over worsening garbage crisis

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BEIRUT — Hundreds of people have kept up protests in Beirut as a crisis over garbage collection worsens with fresh piles of trash accumulating in streets of the capital.

Beirut has been jolted by daily protests for the past week, including two massive demonstrations that turned violent over the weekend.

The protests were sparked by the trash crisis but now target the country's entire political class and dysfunctional sectarian-based political system.

Organizers of the main protest movement, known as "You Stink," are calling on all Lebanese to take part in a huge rally planned for Saturday. On Wednesday, a few hundred people protested in downtown Beirut.

The crisis began last month after the government closed down Beirut's main landfill without providing an alternative for the capital and its suburbs.

PHOTO: A Lebanese engineering unit install barriers after they remove a concrete wall that was installed by authorities, near the main Lebanese government building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government's resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has tapped into a much deeper malaise. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
A Lebanese engineering unit install barriers after they remove a concrete wall that was installed by authorities, near the main Lebanese government building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government's resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has tapped into a much deeper malaise. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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PHOTO: Lebanese citizens pass a pile of garbage blocking a street in the town of Jal el-Dib east Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Protests continued Wednesday over the country's worsening garbage collection crisis. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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