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Conflict Incident Report

18 Arrested, 4 Injured as Activists Storm Environment Ministry

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
January 14, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
ISF(internal security forces)

Demonstrators and security forces scuffled outside the environment ministry in Beirut on Thursday after several civil society activists stormed the building to protest the authorities' failure to resolve the waste problem. Anti-riot police pushed back “We Want Accountability” and “You Stink” protesters who called for more transparency on a plan to export Lebanon's garbage. The protest was held after around 15 members of the two groups entered the Azarieh building in downtown Beirut and sat on the floor, clapping and shouting slogans against the authorities for failing to resolve the seven-month waste problem. The 15 protesters were later arrested by police along with three demonstrators who intercepted the vehicle that was carrying the detainees outside the building. The eighteen activists were taken for questioning, according to an Internal Security Forces statement. Two protesters and two policemen were injured in the scuffles, the ISF said.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.