Thousands converge on Beirut to protest government

A rally in Beirut has drawn huge crowds as people voice their frustration over government corruption and the crisis created by uncollected garbage. Organizers of the campaign have issued an ultimatum to the government.

Thousands of protestors from across Lebanon, angry at what they see as a corrupt political class incapable of providing citizens with everyday services, converged on downtown Beirut on Saturday. Amid tight security the demonstrators waved Lebanese flags and gathered at the city’s famous Martyr’s Square, which straddles the Muslim-Christian dividing line from the country’s 15-year civil war.

“Declare it a revolution!” one man shouted from a megaphone as armored cars were deployed outside Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s office.

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