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Activists hold protest to call for fighting corrupt officials

A dozen activists affiliated with the We Want Accountability movement held a sit-in Saturday outside the Auditing Department in Beirut's Hamra area, calling for corrupt officials to be held accountable. "This is within the duties of the Auditing Department. If supervising bodies played their role properly, the country wouldn't have reached this situation," activist lawyer Wassef Harakeh told MTV. He revealed that the group will "soon hold a news conference to name the corrupt officials" and shame them. Harakeh called on officials to assume their responsibilities regarding the spending of money from the state's treasury and dealing with public finances.…

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Aux saboteurs de la République... Afin que le dossier des déchets ne tombe pas dans l’oubli

141e jour du scandale des déchets Depuis plusieurs années, ils se livrent à une entreprise délibérée et minutieuse de noyautage et de torpillage de l'appareil de l'État. Depuis plusieurs mois, ils entreprennent, sans sourciller et sous des prétextes fallacieux, de paralyser l'une après l'autre les institutions politiques. Loin de se contenter de cette opération de sape, ils s'en prennent désormais à la santé même des Libanais, leur droit de bénéficier d'un minimum de bien-être, de vivre tout simplement dans un environnement salubre. En utilisant « l'arme » des déchets comme instrument de manœuvre, de pression et de manigances politiques, en faisant sciemment…

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Cabinet decrees release key funds to help trash crisis

The Cabinet issued three long-awaited decrees Monday, releasing LL1.2 trillion ($795 million) to municipalities from telecommunications revenues and the Independent Municipalities Fund to help them control the garbage crisis. The move is in line with proposals made by the interior and finance ministers, Nouhad Machnouk and Ali Hasan Khalil respectively. Machnouk has given instructions for the direct implementation of the decrees. The first decree, number 2338, is related to the distribution of funds allocated for lighting, maintenance and waste management to villages without municipalities. The funding, sourced from municipalities’ portion of cellular phone tariffs collected by the Telecommunications Ministry from…

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Civil movement gathered in solidarity with detainees Sleiman and Hashash

Civil movement activists held a protest on Saturday in solidarity with their detained comrades, Waref Sleiman and Pierre Hashash. Civil Movement activists gathered at Riad Solh Square in downtown Beirut in solidarity with the detainees, Waref Sleiman and Pierre Hashash. In the evening, they headed to the vicinity of the Military Court's headquarters in "Mathaf" area. Carrying banners and slogans that called for "overthrowing the regime," demonstrators demanded the Interior Minister's resignation and the return of soldiers from the outskirts of Arsal. Protesters criticized Minister Nuhad Mashnouq, denouncing his "police measures and practices" against their civil movement, and voicing their…

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Activists claim they were assaulted by police near Nijmeh Square

Twelve activists affiliated with “You Stink” claimed they were assaulted near Nijmeh Square in Downtown Beirut Thursday by Parliament police. The activists were having dinner at a Downtown restaurant, before the alleged attack. They were planning on holding a mock celebration to mark one year since Parliament extended its own mandate. Tarek Mallah, an activist with the campaign, told The Daily Star that a group of 12 young men and women had reserved a table at Al-Balad Restaurant near Nijmeh Square for dinner, where they also brought a cake as part of their celebration. As they left Nijmeh Square, they…

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Machnouk mulls waste-to-energy plant for Beirut

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said he plans to establish a waste-to-energy plant as an alternative to disposing of Beirut's garbage in a landfill. “I intend to establish an incinerator for Beirut waste to generate electric power,” Machnouk said in remarks published Friday by local newspaper Al-Liwaa. He said a feasibility study will begin soon. "The analysis shouldn't take more than a year and a half or two years to be completed.” Machnouk said the plant is expected to accomodate about 1,500 tons of waste per day. He said the project will be brought up during a development conference in Beirut…

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Civil society groups march 'against diseases'

A civil society group called “Against Diseases” organized a march on Sunday from the eastern Beirut suburb of Sadd al-Baoushriyeh to a dump site in Karantina, according to the state-run National News Agency. The march, which started outside the Sadd al-Baouchriyeh electricity company, decried the ongoing waste crisis in the country. Large piles of trash have been lined up along the Beirut River bank in Karantina, an industrial zone near the capital. Sadd al-Baouchriyeh also has large mounds of trash piled up amongst residential buildings, which is often burned or, more recently, washed away by rainwater. The protesters called on…

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“Closer to finding a solution”, Wadih Al-Asmar speaks out about garbage crisis.

It all started three months ago, when the mounting trash crisis in the capital, Beirut, stirred the action of the Lebanese society who has always been labeled as apathetic to government related issues. The people have awakened from a lethargic sleep and are fighting tooth and nail for their basic prerogatives. Lebanon has, by far, bit more than it can chew with an all-out sectarian war raging in neighboring Syria, with a widespread refugee crisis as repercussions and a presidential vacuum for the last sixteen months.   This time they cannot blame Israel, Saudi Arabia or Hezbollah, favorite targets for…

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Released protesters get hero’s welcome

Two demonstrators apprehended during a protest in Downtown Beirut received a hero’s welcome when they were released Monday after spending 11 days behind bars. Waref Sleiman was released from the Ramlet al-Baida police station while Pierre Hashash left the Helou police barracks. Each had to post a LL500,000 bail. Hashash appeared excited as he left the barracks and announced to reporters how eager he was to join the next demonstration so he could pull on the barbed wire, separating police from protestors, again. Both men had been charged with attacking police, vandalizing public and private property and rioting. Sleiman and…

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