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Conflict Incident Report

Ras Baalbeck sit in to protest villager's kidnapping

Date of incident: 
June 15, 2014
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Armed militants

Ras Baalbeck folk staged a sit-in to protest the kidnapping of a villager amid news of early release of two other Syrian and Turkmen victims.

Protesters were soon joined by the municipal head, the bishop and parish priest who stated that the kidnapped victim is an elderly person badly in need of medical attention reiterating that no ransom will be paid since we refuse to be treated as zhmmi second class citizens.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.