Collective Action 1st Half 2017
During the first half of 2017, 10% of the incidents in the Collective Action dimension were classified as Israeli Border conflicts such as solidarity protests with Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. It is also interesting to note that half of the incidents in this dimension are classified as Syrian Border Conflicts and are relevant to tensions between Syrian refugees and host communities.
Although incidents in the Collective Action dimension were dispersed all over the country during the first half of 2017, Beirut witnessed the highest intensity in this dimension with 31% of incidents falling in the Collective Action dimension. Additionally, most of the Collective Action incidents mapped in Beirut were classified as Policy conflicts relevant to, among others, Parliamentary elections, rent law, and tax raises. Moreover, in Beirut, 25% of incidents in this dimension were classified as either Conflict of Social Discrimination or Conflict of Socio-economic Development.
Saida and Baalbeck saw the second highest intensity of conflictivity in the Collective Action dimension over the first half of 2017. Baalbeck witnessed a higher number of Collective Action incidents compared to the same period in 2016 with demonstrations relevant to various issues, such as solidarity protest with Palestinian detainees, taxes policy, electricity shortage etc. In Saida, 36% of incidents under this dimension were classified as Conflicts of Social Discrimination, mainly linked to families of “islamist” detainees requesting General Amnesty.