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Schools, universities to close Tuesday: Chehayeb

Then-caretaker Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Nov. 14, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Schools, universities and educational institutions will close Tuesday, caretaker Education Minister Akram Chehayeb announced Monday.

Tuesday will be the 27th consecutive day of mass protests against Lebanon’s ruling class.

“In light of the ongoing popular uprising ... and in the interest of preserving students’ safety, and with respect to the rights to democratic expression, classes will be suspended Tuesday,” a statement from the minister’s office read.

On Oct. 31, following more than two weeks of closures, educational institutions officially reopened, following instructions from Chehayeb a day earlier. However, despite his order, thousands of students across the country have gone on strike to join the protests.

Students have led demonstrations over the past week, holding protests outside the ministry, in front of schools and blocking off university entrances.

 

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