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Conflict Incident Report

Heavy security as protesters gather in Downtown Beirut

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
September 16, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
ISF(internal security forces)
Lebanese Civilians
Families of abducted soldiers [Arsal Clashes]

Security forces deployed in force Wednesday ahead of a mass demonstration expected to be stage concurrently to the second round of National Dialogue talks in Beirut's Nejmeh Square.
The entrances of Nejmeh Square, where the Parliament is located, was blocked to pedestrians unless they were carrying business cards for companies and offices operating within the security perimeter.
The road leading to the offices of An-Nahar newspaper near Martyrs' Square was closed, in addition to streets housing the Beirut Souks and Beirut's naval base.
Protesters and civil society movements began assembling in Martyrs' Square after calls by You Stink campaign and the families of Lebanese hostages held by ISIS on the northeastern border town of Arsal to converge on the area at 9:00 a.m.

Primary category: 
Military/Security Forces Deployment
Secondary Category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
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.