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Conflict Incident Report

38 detained, 10 injured in fresh Beirut clashes between police, protesters

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
September 16, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Security forces detained at least 38 activists Wednesday from crowds attempting to gain entrance to Beirut's Nejmeh Square, where politicians launched the second round of national dialogue talks at the Parliament.
At least 11 others were moved to hospitals suffering from injuries, according to activists, after riot police were seen dispersing protesters using batons, dragging a number of them by their hair and kicking them while on the ground. Three young men who had been on hunger strike for two weeks were among those detained, including Waref Sleiman, who was the first to go on hunger strike.
Activists called for a protest outside al-Helou Barrack in Mar Elias Street to demand the immediate release of those detained.
The entrances of Nejmeh Square, where the Parliament is located, were blocked to pedestrians unless they were carrying business cards for companies and offices operating within the security perimeter.
The road leading to the offices of An-Nahar newspaper near Martyrs' Square was also closed, in addition to the streets housing the Beirut Souks and Beirut's naval base.

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.
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.