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Conflict Incident Report

Portrait of Pr.Michel Aoun destroyed in Bekaa

Date of incident: 
January 31, 2018
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Pictures shared with The Daily Star that showed around 200 Berri supporters blocking a coastal intersection in Tyre. He also shared a picture of a destroyed portrait of President Michel Aoun near an FPM office in the Bekaa area of Rachaya.

Bassil’s “thug” remark was the tip of the iceberg of long-simmering tension between the FPM and the Amal Movement that has its roots in Berri’s staunch opposition to the election of Michel Aoun as president in 2016. It is also a reflection of the open-ended political confrontation between Aoun and Berri over a decree that seeks to promote a number of Army officers who served under Aoun in the late 1980s when he was Army commander.

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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.