Lebanon waste crisis Protesters storm environment ministry

Added On September 2, 2015

Protests in the Lebanese capital escalated on Tuesday, after protesters occupied the environment ministry and demanded the minister step down. 

The demonstrations were part of the You Stink campaign, triggered by anger over the country's waste crisis. 

Scores of Lebanese protesters stormed the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut on Tuesday. 

Some packed into the corridor, demanding that Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq resign.

The minister, however, has snubbed the call, telling local media that he will continue with his duties.

As night fell, several hundred protesters gathered outside the ministry in support of the activists who were inside. 

The sit-in ended when police forcibly removed them from the building. 

Skirmishes erupted between the two sides and reports say over a dozen  people were wounded.