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Conflict Incident Report

Downtown Demonstration

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
September 20, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Lebanese Resistance Regiments (AMAL)

More than 1,000 people marched Sunday from the eastern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud to the capital's Central District in a largely peaceful demonstration against Lebanon's political elite and to call for sustainable solutions to the country's two-month-old garbage crisis.
But another couple hundred protesters had gathered in Martyr's Square in Downtown Beirut awaiting the arrival of the marchers when scuffles erupted between them and supporters of Speaker Nabih Berri. The Berri partisans confronted protesters who erected a banner with the faces of the speaker, Future Movement leader Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblatt that accused them of corruption and theft.
Berri supporters beat one of the protesters with the microphone he was using and removed his t-shirt. Minutes later a group of them struck at the crowd of protesters with their fists. Police initially did not intervene, but later said in a statement that one man was detained over the scuffle.
Later in the day, a number of people were moved to hospitals after being stabbed and punched by Berri supporters, who threatened journalists with knives and attacked those who tried to film or take photographs.
Among those wounded and transferred to the hospital was reporter Osama al-Kadiri.
The demonstration, called for by You Stink and supported by a number of the movement's offshoot groups, had planned to end with a gathering inside Downtown Beirut's Nejmeh Square, where the Parliament is located.

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.