Lebanese police beat back protesters with clubs and sticks and arrested dozens of people in downtown Beirut Wednesday as a second session of dialogue between politicians got underway, the latest confrontations this city has seen over the country’s summer trash crisis. The small group of activists had gathered near the parliament building, where the meeting was taking place. Some of the protesters had
brought eggs to pelt politicians’ convoys with while others tried to block the street. Baton-wielding riot police soon clashed with the protesters, at one point dragging two protesters on the ground while violently beating them both. Ambulances rushed to the scene and took the wounded away. The main group behind the protests, “You Stink,” said 40 people were arrested.