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Conflict Incident Report

Owner of factory accused of Berdawni pollution arrested, released

Date of incident: 
December 14, 2018
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Lebanese Civilians

 Authorities arrested Friday the owner of a factory accused of causing the Berdawni River to turn black, prompting the factory’s employees to protest at Zahle’s Justice Palace.

Zahle Environmental Public Prosecutor Iyad Berdan took Wissam al-Tannouri, who is also the mayor of the Zahle village of Qaa al-Reem, into custody for the Mimosa Sanitary Paper Company's involvement in the pollution of the Bekaa river, the NNA reported.

He was released Thursday evening.

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Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.