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Conflict Incident Report

Majdal Anjar Residents Block Masnaa Road in Protest at Landfill Plans

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
September 11, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Residents of the Bekaa town of Majdal Anjar on Friday blocked the key al-Masnaa road that links the province to Syria in protest at government plans to set up a garbage landfill in the area's outskirts on the Eastern Mountain Range.
Municipal chief Sami al-Ajami, al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Assem Araji and a number of dignitaries and spiritual leaders took part in the protest.
Araji stressed his rejection of establishing a landfill in the area, which he described as “the town's real face, especially in front of the Arab tourists.”
Meanwhile, Ajami and the town's imam Sheikh Mohammed Abdul Rahman expressed categorical rejection of setting up a landfill and bringing garbage from other regions, “no matter what the cost might be.”
Protesters also carried banners urging the region's MPs to resign.

Primary 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.