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Conflict Incident Report

East Lebanon residents block roads, demand amnesty for relatives

Date of incident: 
February 17, 2017
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

BEIRUT: Residents in east Lebanon blocked roads for the second in a row, demanding amnesty for their fugitive relatives, state media reported.

A number of locals closed off the intersection linking the Baalbeck International Road with the town of Iaat with piles of dirt and a bulldozer, as part of their petition to grant their relatives a general pardon, the National News Agency said.

On Friday, Feb. 10, the families demonstrated in Baalbeck and neighboring towns to request amnesty.

Baalbeck, located in the northern part of the Bekaa Valley, is known to be a safe haven for escapees.

Kidnappings for ransom, car theft, arbitrary gunfire, murder, among other crimes are rife, both in the city and in surrounding towns of the Baalbeck district.

Key local figures have recently led awareness campaigns against these illicit activities and demanded the security files of the minor offenders be settled.

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 social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.