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Sit-ins, protests planned in Lebanon as government dialogue to end deadlock kicks off

  • A dump truck adds trash to a pile of garbage on the bank of the Beirut River, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Lebanon has been witnessing a wave of anti-government rallies, sparked by the government's inability to solve an ongoing trash crisis. Those rallies have been led by civil society groups who came together to protest government corruption that led to the latest gridlock. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A dump truck adds trash to a pile of garbage on the bank of the Beirut River, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Lebanon has been witnessing a wave of anti-government rallies, sparked by the government's inability to solve an ongoing trash crisis. Those rallies have been led by civil society groups who came together to protest government corruption that led to the latest gridlock. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Lebanese anti-government protester holds his national flag as Lebanese riot policemen stand guard behind barbed wire that blocks a road leading to the parliament building, during a protest against the on-going trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister says he hopes that political talks between senior politicians will help end government paralysis that has sparked angry street protests. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    A Lebanese anti-government protester holds his national flag as Lebanese riot policemen stand guard behind barbed wire that blocks a road leading to the parliament building, during a protest against the on-going trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister says he hopes that political talks between senior politicians will help end government paralysis that has sparked angry street protests. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese riot policemen stand guard behind barbed wire that blocks a road leading to the parliament building, during a protest against the on-going trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister says he hopes that political talks between senior politicians will help end government paralysis that has sparked angry street protests. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Lebanese riot policemen stand guard behind barbed wire that blocks a road leading to the parliament building, during a protest against the on-going trash crisis and government corruption, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Lebanon's prime minister says he hopes that political talks between senior politicians will help end government paralysis that has sparked angry street protests. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanon's prime minister says he hopes that political talks between senior politicians will help end government paralysis that has sparked angry street protests.

Tammam Salam spoke to journalists outside of parliament Wednesday, where politicians were gathering for the first session of the so-called "national dialogue" meetings. Activists gathered near parliament, which was closed off by security forces. They shouted "thieves!" as the convoys of politicians drove by.

A huge anti-government protest was planned for Wednesday night.

Salam also called for a Cabinet meeting later Wednesday to discuss the issue of garbage collection. Anger about the heaps of trash accumulating in Beirut's streets after the authorities closed its main landfill July 17 boiled over this summer, with thousands protesting in the street against the government.