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Conflict Incident Report

Several waves of mass arrests targeting youth activists demonstrating against Syria’s presence in Lebanon

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Foreign Presence and Withdrawals: January 1991–December 2005
Date of incident: 
August 7, 2001 to August 9, 2001
Death toll: 
0persons
Number of Injured: 
0persons
Actors/Parties Involved: 
National Liberal Partyc(PNL)
Lebanese Forces (LF)
Free Patriotic Movement
Lebanese Military Intelligence

In August 2001: Several waves of mass arrests targeting youth activists demonstrating against Syria’s presence in Lebanon were conducted. Members of the PNL, the Free Patriotic Movement (supporters of Aoun), and of the then-banned LF, including senior advisors, were arbitrarily detained and reportedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the Military Intelligence headquarters at the Ministry of Defense.

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Secondary Category: 
Arrest/Detention
Classification of conflict (primary): 
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.
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.