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Conflict Incident Report

Beirut Separation Wall Removed 24 Hours after Installment

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 26, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Prime Minister Tammam Salam gave instructions on Tuesday to remove a concrete wall installed by the authorities in downtown Beirut a day after violent protests.
The wall was erected on Monday at Riad al-Solh Square near the Grand Serail after large violent anti-government protests shook the area on Sunday. Following Salam's decisions, several protesters were seen climbing and sitting on the wall holding Lebanese flags. The wall's erection had drawn sharp criticism with graffiti artists converging on the area to express their resentment to government inaction. The artists were quick to draw graffiti satirizing political parties and accusing politicians of being “monsters behind the wall.” Some social media activists likened it to the Berlin Wall and others to the separation barrier built by Israel in the West Bank.
Some dubbed it a wall of shame.

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