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Conflict Incident Report

Police fired tear gas, water cannon to disperse anti-trash protesters

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 22, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

On 22 Aug 15, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-garbage demonstrators in downtown Beirut's Riad al-Solh square and to stop them from moving towards the nearby Nejmeh Square. The protesters said, however, they were adamant to stay in Riad al-Solh Square and urged all the Lebanese people to join them. The demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans to pressure the authorities to resolve the country's growing waste crisis. The protesters were seeking to march towards the parliament in Nejmeh Square but security forces had put barricades to prevent them from reaching the legislature.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Secondary Category: 
Militant Deployment
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):
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.