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Conflict Incident Report

Public transportation drivers staged Sit-Ins, blocked roads across the country

Date of incident: 
September 21, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

On 21 Sep 16, Public transportation drivers blocked different roads around Lebanon some leading to the entrances of the capital Beirut protesting the government's failure to meet their long-time demands and a decision to privatize the Mechanical Inspection Authority. The drivers began their moves in the early hours and blocked the Tripoli - Beirut highway in the north at the Qalamoun area, the seaside road and Al Noor, Al Tall Squares in Tripoli, Naameh road Saida, and the Zahle - Ferzol highway. Owners of vans, cisterns and the road transport sector blocked the Dora Bridge with their vehicles demanding that the government considers their living conditions. The protests and block off triggered heavy traffic delay in the already congested capital and several other regions.

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.