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Conflict Incident Report

You Stink protests against Beirut incinerator plan

Date of incident: 
August 29, 2018
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

cores of protesters gathered in front of the Beirut Municipality building Wednesday in a rally organized by the You Stink movement in cooperation with other civil society groups against the city’s plan to establish a waste incinerator in the capital.

Under the slogan, “You burned our breath – enough,” demonstrators from across the country, including from Tripoli, Dinnieh-Minyeh and Jbeil, gathered in Beirut.

“With your policies and your corruption, you [cut off] our breath,” a You Stink representative said, reading from a statement from the group, which also denounced unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, the electricity crisis and corruption.

You Stink is an anti-corruption group formed during the 2015 garbage crisis. “There can’t be an incinerator in Karantina,” Sabaa Party MP Paula Yaacoubian said, speaking with reporters.

“We will continue [to protest] even if we have to camp here,” she added.

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.