Protesters rally in Riad al-Solh Square near Parliament in Downtown, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The UCC, a coalition of private and public school teachers and public sector employees, has spearheaded several protests over the past two years in attempts to press the passage of a 121 percent wage increase approved by the government and referred to Parliament in 2013 .Education Minister Elias Bou Saab waded into the protest to give UCC leader Hanna Gharib a warning from Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to apologize for calling Parliament a group of thieves. As Bou Saab slipped out of the protest with an army escort and walked toward Parliament, protesters ran to the concertina wire and began booing the minister, showing that many of the protesters concurred with Gharib's statement. Protests are expected to continue should Parliament fail to satisfy the UCC's demands. The group's leaders, however, said they would make a decision based on Parliament's actions Wednesday.
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