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Beirut: clashes between police and protesters ahead of political talks

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
Beirut: clashes between police and protesters ahead of political talks

<p>Riot police and protesters clashed in Beirut (September 16) ahead of a second “national dialogue” meeting aimed at resolving the political crisis gripping Lebanon. </p> <p>At least 13 activists are thought to have been wounded and some 40 arrested as people once again rallied against uncollected rubbish in the capital.</p> <p>Lebanon has, effectively been without a president for over a year. More recently, protesters have been calling for the resignation of the country’s environment minister.</p> <p>The breakdown in rubbish collection is seen as a more general symbol of the government’s seeming failure to provide basic services.</p> <p>The all-party talks will enter a third stage next week as politicians work towards ending the crises gripping the country.</p> <p>Weary of the situation, demonstrators emptied bags of rubbish outside the Environment Ministry and several have taken part in a days long hunger strike.</p>