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Conflict Incident Report

Activists in Hunger Strike for Minister Resignation as 2 Held for Disabling Parking Meters

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
September 3, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Several anti-trash activists began a hunger strike Thursday outside the Environment Ministry in Beirut to press for Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq's resignation as two protesters were arrested in Ain el-Mreisseh for disabling parking meters that were recently installed in the area.
The hunger strike was started by the activist Waref Suleiman, who was later joined by four other activists, the You Stink campaign said on its Facebook page.
The protesters erected tents on the pavement facing the ministry building.
Suleiman told LBCI television later on Thursday that the number of hunger strikers had risen to eleven.
"I want him to feel our pain," 25-year-old protester Salah Jbeili said. "He is responsible for the trash problem. We will fight him, like we will fight all corrupt politicians."
The development comes two days after riot police forcibly cleared dozens of You Stink activists who had occupied part of the environment ministry to press the minister to resign over his perceived failure to address the unprecedented garbage crisis.
Several protesters were injured in the operation.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.