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Lebanese protesters clash with police officers in downtown Beirut over trash crisis

  • Lebanese activists are sprayed by riot police using water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese activists are sprayed by riot police using water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese activists remove barriers as they try to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese activists remove barriers as they try to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese riot police reassemble the barbed wire, which was removed by angry activists during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese riot police reassemble the barbed wire, which was removed by angry activists during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front the government house, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Lebanon's health minister says the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its mounting trash problem. Garbage has been collecting on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

A group of Lebanese activists have clashed with Lebanese police who sprayed them with water cannons in downtown Beirut over the country's mounting trash crisis.

Garbage has been accumulating on the streets in Lebanon for the past month amid government paralysis and inability to agree on a solution after Beirut's main landfill was closed down.

Around 100 activists gathered outside the government building Wednesday night, shouting anti-government slogans. Some tried to break the security cordon, leading to clashes with the police.

Lebanon's health minister has said the country is on the brink of a "major health disaster" unless an immediate solution is found for its trash problem.

Political disputes have blocked the government from making any major decisions, including agreeing on alternative ways of dealing with the garbage crisis.