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EDL calls on prosecutor to act against protesters

Contract workers set up tents in the vicinity of the EDL building in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Electricite du Liban’s administration sent a letter to the State Prosecution office Tuesday, asking for security forces to intervene to end the contract workers’ protests in the company’s buildings.

EDL called for “the necessary arrangements to put an end to the outlaw actions taking place in the central building of Electricite du Liban and in some regional branches.”

The public company also sent memos to the interior minister and the Internal Security Forces’ General Directorate for the same purpose.

The letters condemned the “blocking of entrances, the erection of tents” and “the prevention of employees and citizens from entering or leaving” EDL’s facilities by the contract workers.

Contract workers from Electricite du Liban defied attempts by authorities to end their protest against the company Monday, vowing to continue until signs of goodwill emerged.

Security forces deployed heavily around the EDL branches in Tyre and Sidon, preventing contract workers from protesting and briefly detaining two of them.

The ISF allowed full-time EDL employees to enter the building, but stopped contract workers from burning tires to block the road outside the facility.

The Committee of EDL Contract Workers vowed to block a vital Beirut highway to demand the release of the two detainees. The two were released hours later.

The contract workers have been carrying out protests over the past week at all EDL offices, preventing employees from entering the buildings. They are demanding full-time employment at EDL for each of the nearly 2,000 workers in line with a law passed by Parliament in April, but EDL has only agreed to hire 897.





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