‘Beirut is the real Gotham?’ Reax to trash protests flood Twitter
Thousands called for the Lebanese government to resign in the wake of a dispute which left rubbish uncollected in the streets for weeks
Twitter was flooded with reactions from Lebanese users who virtually joined thousands of protesters calling for the government to resign in the wake of a dispute that left rubbish uncollected in the streets for weeks.
The protests provoked a flood of reactions on the site, where users circulated message directed at the government with the hashtag “#YouStink” to protest against piling uncollected garbage on the streets.
At least 35 people were injured as security forces attempted to thwart what is thought to be the biggest protest in recent months against Lebanese authorities, according to Reuters.
Below is a collection of tweets from the trending topic.
I have been at dozens of protests in downtown Beirut. Never once did the police fire tear gas, water cannons or live rounds. #طلعت_ريحتكم— Habib Battah (@habib_b) August 22, 2015
Lebanon already suffers from poor infrastructure and daily power cuts. But the trash incident reflected Lebanon’s political problems, where the country’s political parties failed to elect a president for more than a year.
Protesters called for the resignation of the government, blaming it for worsening the country's political paralysis.