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The recent protests in Lebanon are no longer about the garbage crisis. They are fundamentally about the failure of successive Lebanese governments to provide basic services for citizens. Hence, the garbage crisis is a culmination of two major conflicts: One between citizens and the political elite and the other among the elite themselves.Another political leader, who contributed to the origins of the crisis, not only applauded the protesters but even asked them to stay in Downtown Beirut hoping to either deflect blame for his own role in creating the crisis or tarnish the credibility of the movement by supporting it, or both.Failing to outmaneuver the protesters thus far, the government has shamefully used violence to silence the people.What the interior minister and the government in general is not aware of is that the protesters are homegrown groups frustrated with the corrupt system of governance.
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