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Conflict Incident Report

Protesters demand release of Beirut ‘trash attack’ activist

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
July 29, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Dozens of protesters rallied Wednesday outside the Beirut Justice Palace to demand the release of Tarek al-Mallah, who is accused of attacking Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas’ car during an anti-trash demonstration one day earlier.

“Tarek was speaking for all of us,” a protester said from the Justice Palace. “His anger reflects the people’s current mood of anger in the country over the trash crisis.” Mallah was arrested Tuesday hours after he allegedly attacked Derbas as the minister was traveling in his car near the Interior Ministry on Spears Street in Hamra.

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.