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Conflict Incident Report

Activists March 'Against Disease' as Arslan Fails to Win Residents Approval of Choueifat Landfill

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
November 1, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
ISF(internal security forces)

Civil society activists on Sunday staged what they dubbed a “March Against Disease” to raise the alarm over the health and environmental hazards that the trash disposal crisis poses with the coming of the rain season.
Protesters marched from Sed el-Bauchrieh, where a huge “mountain of garbage” has formed, towards the site containing piles of trash on the banks of the Beirut River outside the capital.
The Jdeideh-Bauchrieh municipal chief and members of the municipal council took part in the demo to denounce the piling up of garbage and to voice solidarity with the activists' demands.
Demonstrators carried banners slamming the ruling class and demanding the release of funds that can enable municipalities to play a waste management role, amid strict security measures by the army and the Internal Security Forces.
A protest organizer said Sed el-Bauchrieh was chosen as the march's starting point due to “the rivers of trash that were created by the rain last week.”
Activists meanwhile distributed leaflets encouraging residents to start waste sorting at home.

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):
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.