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Conflict Incident Report

Furious residents block Beirut roads with burning trash

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
July 24, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Dozens of angry citizens blocked a major road near Downtown Beirut with burning garbage Friday to protest the government's failure to remove the giant mounds of trash that have gone uncollected over the past week. Traffic ground to a halt when about 50 people moved trash from the sides of streets onto Beshara Khoury Boulevard and set fire to it, sending a putrid odor across the area. They also set fire to garbage on side streets.
The residents were described by one witness as “violent” and “aggressive.

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):
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.