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32 'rioters' arrested after Beirut clashes left 99 policemen wounded: ISF

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 23, 2015
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Lebanese Red Cross/Crescent

The Internal Security Forces said police arrested 32 "rioters" after clashes with anti-government protesters in Downtown Beirut Sunday left 99 policemen wounded. An ISF statement also acknowledged that several protesters were wounded in the confrontation with police in Riad al-Solh in Downtown. “The ISF regrets the events that accompanied the Beirut action, and confirms that its task is to protect the right to peaceful demonstration of citizens who do not resort to the use of violence or attack public and private property," the statement said. The Lebanese Red Cross said a total of 402 people were hurt during the clashes that broke out Saturday.

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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.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.