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Conflict Incident Report

Protest for General Amnesty in Tripoli

Date of incident: 
March 9, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Three women and a man were injured Friday after a van drove into a protest in Tripoli’s al-Nour Square held in demand of general amnesty for Islamist prisoners, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Security forces and dozens of residents were seen running after the vehicle in a video posted online by local Facebook news page Tripoli News Network. A person’s screams could be heard in the distance.

The Daily Star could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

Tripoli News Network reported that the driver "bumped" into a woman while trying to pass through the roadblock "by force," inflicting injuries.

According to NNA, the incident inflicted “leg injuries” on the four protesters.

The van's driver was arrested "within minutes,” Tripoli News Network wrote, sharing a video that purported to capture the chase from what appeared to be a balcony of a nearby building.

The protesters, reportedly consisting mostly of women, were part of a demonstration led by family members of Islamist prisoners demanding a general amnesty for their incarcerated relatives.

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.