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The crisis over Lebanon’s waste collection has been parodied in Lebanese newspapers and on social media. Cartoons, some with a political message, show how the event is being seen by an exasperated population. Here is a selection of some of the treatments.

‘Absence of the state’ – An-Nahar newspaper

The image on the right shows sandbags in 1975, the year that Lebanon’s Civil War broke out. On the left, the same scene, only with rubbish sacks.

An-Nahar newspaper

Time-bomb – Al-Joumhouria newspaper

Cartoon depicting a rubbish bag with a lit fuse as a bomb ready to go off.

Cartoon from Lebanese Christian Al-Joumhouria newspaper depicting a trash bag with a lit up wick

“The solution lies in sorting rubbish” – Al-Joumhouria

Green bin: “Political waste”; Yellow: “Terrorist waste”; Red: “Sectarian waste”

Cartoon from Al-Joumhouria newspaper depicting a man standing in front of three rubbish bins

Ad-Dabbour magazine

Woman: “You didn’t tell me where you live… ”

Man-sized rat: “Under your house, in the trash pile”

Cartoon from Ad-Dabbour magazine

Reimagined flag

Twitter users have also used images to react to the crisis, including reversioning the national flag by replacing the traditional cedar tree with a pile of waste…

Twitter image depicting the flag of the Lebanon with the tree in the middle replaced by a pile of trash

… a green refuse sack…

Twitter image depicting the flag of the Lebanon with the tree in the middle replaced by a green trash bag

… and a giant nose

Twitter image depicting the flag of the Lebanon with the tree in the middle replaced by a green contour of a nose

BBC

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