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Conflict Incident Report

You Stink protest draws about 200 in Downtown Beirut

Date of incident: 
December 19, 2015
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

BEIRUT: A couple hundred people braved a Saturday downpour to protest the government's failure to solve the 5-month-old garbage crisis in Downtown Beirut, accusing officials of corruption and greed at the expense of public health.

"As long as they (politicians) continue stealing and go on with their corruption we will remain on the streets," one protester told Al-Jadeed TV from Riad al-Solh Square.

He lashed out at the Cabinet, accusing ministers and politicians of "only caring about filling their pockets".

The turnout was much lower than what the You Stink organizers had hoped for, which may in part have been due to the rainy weather.

But there also appears to be a general loss of interest in the campaign, which has failed to press the state to adopt any concrete solutions since its establishment in late-July.

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.