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Photo of distraught Lebanese policeman at protest goes viral

For two nights in a row, rallies organized by the "You Stink" campaign against a garbage disposal crisis had triggered clashes

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A photo purporting to show a member of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) breaking down during an anti-government protest in Beirut went viral on Sunday night.

For two nights in a row, rallies organized by the "You Stink" campaign against a garbage disposal crisis had triggered clashes with security forces.

The image was posted by Facebook user Karim Mostafa, who wrote: “This is a police that all of a sudden was completely lost. He went from being hard and aggressive to completely losing it, he just sat down and started to cry. Protesters who saw him ran up him and when they noticed he was crying they started helping him. It was emotional to see him there, in his gear and helmet, all of a sudden with tears on his face.”

This is a police that all of a sudden was completely lost. He went from being hard and aggressive to completely losing...

Posted by Karim Mostafa on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Users also accompanied the image with a video of the moment the policeman was found and helped by protesters.

We cooperate, they dominate... They have orders to keep us apart, we have the courage to make the change... with Makram Al Halabi #Beirut

Posted by Nassif Al Rayess on Sunday, August 23, 2015

On Sunday, the Lebanese army arrived central Beirut, clearing two main squares, where clashes between protesters and security forces – in their second day - left at least 20 people injured.

In a response to the protests, Lebanon’s prime minister has threatened to resign, warning rival parties in his unity cabinet that the state faced collapse because of paralysis that has come to a head with its failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal.