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Conflict Incident Report

'We Want Accountability' Demands Briefing on Trash Export Deal

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Waste Management Conflict (Starting January 25, 2014)
Date of incident: 
January 7, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

Civil society activists from the 'We Want Accountability' campaign held a sit-in near the Central Inspection Bureau in Beirut demanding further details from the government on a deal that was signed with two firms to export Lebanon's trash. Some of the activists tried to storm into the building shouting 'peaceful, peaceful' but the security forces did not allow them to do so. One of the activists said: “The citizens have the right to enter the building and get more details from related authorities on the deal to export the trash.” Another activist expressed astonishment at what she described “a cruel behavior of the security forces who tried to prevent them from storming the building where they demanded to meet with head of the CIB. Later National News Agency said that a delegation from the activists was granted a meeting with head of the CIB, and that the activists will determine the next step based on the outcome.

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.