Lebanese PM claims ‘rivers of rubbish’ video is fake
Tammam Salam said a truck full of waste had driven through the streets of Beirut before dumping its load in the street
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said on Monday that the video showing rain-soaked streets in parts of Lebanon flowing with garbage was fake, the website of private Lebanese TV channel al-Jadeed reported.
The prime minister claimed that an investigation had revealed that a truck full of waste had driven through the streets of Beirut before dumping its load in the street during a rainfall, making the video depict a worse scene than in reality.
The latest incident comes three months into a crisis that began after the closure of Lebanon's largest landfill in July, and the government's failure to find an alternative dumping site.
The crisis sparked a protest movement led by the “You Stink” activist group, which brought thousands of people into the streets for several weeks of anti-government demonstrations.