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Lebanese PM hints he might resign after anti-government protests in Beirut

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Salam hinted he might resign after violent protests by people demonstrating against government corruption and political dysfunction amid a trash crisis. He said that security forces who used force against protesters will be held accountable and that the right to demonstrate is protected by the constitution. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Salam hinted he might resign after violent protests by people demonstrating against government corruption and political dysfunction amid a trash crisis. He said that security forces who used force against protesters will be held accountable and that the right to demonstrate is protected by the constitution. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese activists try to remove a barbed wire barrier to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister Tammam Salam hinted Sunday he might resign after violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a month long trash crisis in Beirut. Salam also pledged that security forces that used violence against demonstrators would be held accountable. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanese activists try to remove a barbed wire barrier to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister Tammam Salam hinted Sunday he might resign after violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a month long trash crisis in Beirut. Salam also pledged that security forces that used violence against demonstrators would be held accountable. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese activists try to remove a barbed wire barrier to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister Tammam Salam hinted Sunday he might resign after violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a monthlong trash crisis in Beirut. Salam also pledged that security forces that used violence against demonstrators would be held accountable. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanese activists try to remove a barbed wire barrier to cross to the government house, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister Tammam Salam hinted Sunday he might resign after violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a monthlong trash crisis in Beirut. Salam also pledged that security forces that used violence against demonstrators would be held accountable. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanon's prime minister has hinted he might resign after violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction focused on a monthlong trash crisis.

Tammam Salam said in a news conference that security forces who used force against protesters will be held accountable and that the right to demonstrate is protected by the constitution.

Salam told the protesters he is ready to have a dialogue with them, as around 100 protesters chanted "leave, leave."

Salam's comments on Sunday came a day after police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons battled thousands of protesters in downtown Beirut.

The clashes wounded dozens of protesters and police.

Salam said that if next Thursday's Cabinet meeting is not productive, "then there is no need for the council of ministers."