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Conflict Incident Report

Security forces erect concrete wall outside Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 24, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
ISF(internal security forces)
Lebanese Civilians

Security forces erected massive concrete barriers near the Grand Serail in Beirut's Riad al-Solh Square after a weekend of violent protests demanding the government's resignation. The wall was erected in the same area where police and protesters faced off Saturday and Sunday, with some demonstrators trying to tear down a barb wire barrier to reach the Grand Serail. Activists from the You Stink group insisted that those who tried to breach the barrier were not affiliated with its movement, accusing political parties of sending hooligans to provoke violence with security forces. Hundreds were wounded in the weekend clashes, which transformed into riots Sunday evening with young men destroying cars and store fronts.Two protesters tried to prevent the installation of the walls Monday. They said in comments to Al-Jadeed television that the wall was "uncivilized", highlighting the right of the people to peacefully protest.

Primary category: 
Military/Security Forces Deployment
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.