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Lebanese protesters rally outside Finance Ministry building against corruption

  • Lebanese anti-government protesters sit on the sidewalk in front of a finance ministry building as Lebanese policemen stand guard in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Dozens of activists held a protest Tuesday outside a finance ministry building in Lebanon's capital, part of a recent series of anti-government rallies stemming from a trash collection crisis. The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday as employees were arriving but security forces quickly prevented them, closing the doors on protesters and arriving staffers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Lebanese anti-government protesters sit on the sidewalk in front of a finance ministry building as Lebanese policemen stand guard in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Dozens of activists held a protest Tuesday outside a finance ministry building in Lebanon's capital, part of a recent series of anti-government rallies stemming from a trash collection crisis. The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday as employees were arriving but security forces quickly prevented them, closing the doors on protesters and arriving staffers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese anti-government protesters gather in front of a finance ministry building as Lebanese policemen stand guard in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Dozens of activists held a protest Tuesday outside a finance ministry building in Lebanon's capital, part of a recent series of anti-government rallies stemming from a trash collection crisis. The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday as employees were arriving but security forces quickly prevented them, closing the doors on protesters and arriving staffers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Lebanese anti-government protesters gather in front of a finance ministry building as Lebanese policemen stand guard in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Dozens of activists held a protest Tuesday outside a finance ministry building in Lebanon's capital, part of a recent series of anti-government rallies stemming from a trash collection crisis. The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday as employees were arriving but security forces quickly prevented them, closing the doors on protesters and arriving staffers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Lebanese anti-government protester with a tattoo on her back that reads in Arabic, "Revolution is a woman" attends a protest in front of a Finance Ministry building in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Dozens of activists held a protest Tuesday outside a Finance Ministry building in Lebanon's capital, part of a recent series of anti-government rallies stemming from a trash collection crisis. The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday as employees were arriving but security forces quickly prevented them, closing the doors on protesters and arriving staffers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A Lebanese anti-government protester with a tattoo on her back that reads in Arabic, "Revolution is a woman" attends a protest in front of a Finance Ministry building in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Dozens of activists held a protest Tuesday outside a Finance Ministry building in Lebanon's capital, part of a recent series of anti-government rallies stemming from a trash collection crisis. The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday as employees were arriving but security forces quickly prevented them, closing the doors on protesters and arriving staffers. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of activists are holding a protest outside a Finance Ministry building in Lebanon's capital, after failing to storm it — part of a recent series anti-government rallies stemming from a national trash-collection crisis.

The protesters attempted to enter the building early Tuesday but security forces stopped them. They are demanding the Finance Ministry stop paying salaries for lawmakers, complaining that the parliament is illegitimate.

Members of parliament have illegally extended their term twice amid disputes over an election law. The parliament has been unable to function, failing to elect a president for over a year.

What started as protests against trash piling in the streets because of government dysfunction is turning into Lebanon's largest protest movement in years, targeting an entire political class.