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Hundreds of disabled persons and activists gathered Thursday near the presidential palace in Baabda to protest a potential 20 percent cut to the Social Affairs Ministry's 2018 budget.Prior to Hariri's order, groups had been calling for the Social Affairs Ministry's budget to instead be raised to deal with nationwide demands.Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi attended the protest Thursday, telling reporters he would advocate for the ministry's budget to at least be maintained at its 2017 level.
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