BEIRUT (AP) -- An international human rights watchdog has decried police violence against Lebanese demonstrators protesting the government's failure to resolve the country's mounting trash crisis.
Police used forced to disperse a protest of around 100 people in downtown Beirut this week after some of the demonstrators tried to break a security cordon around the government building. The protesters are planning a similar protest Saturday.
Human Rights Watch urged authorities in a statement Saturday to ensure accountability for excessive use of force and refrain from repeated violence against demonstrators.
The Lebanese government is locked in disputes and has failed to agree on a solution to Lebanon's garbage collection problem after Beirut's main landfill was closed down a month ago. Trash has accumulated on the streets meanwhile.