Civil Defense volunteers stage sit-ins across Lebanon

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Civil Defense volunteers staged sit-ins Monday in Chekka, Sidon, Baalbek and Hermel regions to pressure Parliament to pass a draft law that would make them full-time employees. 

Volunteers sent an open letter calling upon President Michel Suleiman, the Parliament and the government to approve their request. 

“You promised us last week to study our request, and we will be waiting for you to fulfill your promise by approving our demand during the next legislative session Wednesday,” they said in the letter, adding that they refused to give up on their demands because they already compromised a lot by defending their country during tough times. 

The Parliament will hold a legislative session Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the demand of the Civil Defense among other things.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 08, 2014, on page 5.




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