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Conflict Incident Report

Thousands march in Beirut to protest economic policies

Date of incident: 
January 20, 2019
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians
Lebanese Communist Party

A few thousand demonstrators marched toward the Finance Ministry in Beirut Sunday to protest economic policies and worsening living conditions in Lebanon.

The protest, led by the Lebanese Communist Party, the Popular Nasserite Organization and a number of civil society groups, set off from the Barbir area and gathered in front of the ministry’s branch in Beshara Khoury.

Among the protesters' demands were for the state to ensure that taxation policies address wealth distribution, improve the quality of public education and provide new work opportunities.

The protest coincides with the 2019 Arab Economic and Social Development Summit being held in Beirut’s Waterfront District. However, MP Paula Yacoubian said in remarks broadcast on local TV from the demonstration that the march had “no relation to the summit."

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Conflicts of socio-economic development
Conflicts associated with lack of, or gaps in economic development, opportunities and access to resources.