Hunger striker Ali Berro reads a book at Riad Solh square in Beirut, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Pointing to a makeshift plastic bed set up just minutes away from both the Grand Serail and Parliament, Berro insisted that he was in good spirits, despite the fact that security forces had confiscated his tent early Tuesday morning.The father of three, who works at the Agriculture Ministry and is also a member of the League of Public Administration Employees, Berro started his hunger strike after Parliament failed to resolve an ongoing dispute over how to finance the controversial new salary scale during a session Thursday.Following the session, lawmakers announced that discussions over the bill would continue but did not set a date for the next attempt. According to Berro, the problem with these perks was that they were not being regulated by law but instead were controlled by ministers and head administrators who could choose to give an employee lots of favors, or none at all.
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