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Conflict Incident Report

East Lebanon residents demand amnesty

Date of incident: 
February 10, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

BEIRUT: East Lebanon residents demanded an amnesty for relatives accused of crimes during a demonstration, the state-run National News Agency reported. Members of Baalbeck’s Jaafar clan blocked the international highway, cutting off access to the Sharawneh neighborhood in the city, the NNA reported. The protest was a part of the “General Amnesty Campaign in the Bekaa Valley” effort. “If the general amnesty law is not endorsed, the roads will remain closed,” protester Abu Hassan Jaafar said. “About 90 percent of the fugitives are innocent,” he added. A group of protesters burned tires at the entrances of neighboring north Bekaa towns Douris and Brital. Others were reported to have blocked the entrance to the town of Maqneh. Fugitives of a variety of crimes are reported to have fled to Baalbeck and surrounding areas. The east Lebanon district is reported to be a “safe haven” for offenders. Local figures have recently led campaigns against illicit activity in the area.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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):
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.