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Conflict Incident Report

Activists dump trash in front of environment minister's home

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 13, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Activists from the You Reek campaign tossed garbage bags in front of Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk's Beirut residence Thursday, calling for his resignation over the ongoing waste management crisis. According to the campaign’s Facebook page, its activists - who have organized several demonstrations over the government’s response to the near month-long crisis -tossed blue garbage bags in front of the minister's home. Posters were plastered onto the bags, with one showing an illustration of Machnouk's face. The symbolic move comes hours after an inefficient Cabinet meeting failed to reach a decision on any issue - including the trash crisis - during its weekly session. Officials and citizens criticized the ministers' failure to find a solution to the crisis, which has seen garbage piling up across the country.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
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.