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Conflict Incident Report

EDL contract workers scuffle with police

Date of incident: 
February 19, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
EDL workers
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

A violent brawl erupted between protesting Electricite du Liban contract workers and anti-riot police who prevented them from accessing the company's premises in Nahr Ibrahim area.

The angry protesters have gathered outside the premises in solidarity with EDL contract worker Hassan Akel who was slapped in the face by a Security Forces officer during a protest last week.

They briefly blocked the road in both ways outside the company's headquarters. Security forces have reportedly threatened to open the road by force if the protesters did not comply and reopen it.

One of the campaigners tried to kill himself with a blade.

The workers have long claimed their full time employment.

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