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.