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Conflict Incident Report

East Lebanon's Baalbeck shuts down in general strike

Date of incident: 
May 3, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Residents of Baalbeck  went on general strike to protest the deteriorating security situation in the east Lebanon city.

Protesters gathered in town squares and markets at 10:00 a.m., and met at the southern entrance of the city of Baalbeck.

Public and private schools, as well as universities, closed their doors.

Banks and businesses followed suit, as well as local police.

The strike took place in 14 Baalbeck municipalities, including Nahleh, Douris, Majdaloun, and Taybeh.

Lakkis's decision for a general strike to take place was made during a meeting with local civil society members, Baalbeck municipal council members, and residents at a hall in al-Mustafa Mosque.

The protest is being held in front of the Baalbeck gendarmerie against what the mayor deemed ISF's inaction.

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):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.