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Conflict Incident Report

Longtime tenants protest against police acts

Date of incident: 
March 23, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

On 24 Mar 16, longtime tenants took to the streets to voice their anger at what they say is a misuse of police force in a long-running dispute between renters and landlords. Protesters near the home of General Prosecutor Samir Hammoud in Beirut's Wata Moseitbeh neighborhood decried landlords' use of police escorts to forcibly allow property appraisers to enter and evaluate their residences, saying this move is a violation of the law and shows a clear bias towards the owners of "old rent" buildings. The rally then continued to Mazraa and stopped outside the house of Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

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):
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.