Lebanon News

Day 33: Protests at state institutions, schools

A Lebanese anti-government protester waves the national flag as she prepares to head to the south of Lebanon on a 'revolution' bus from central Beirut on November 16, 2019. The revolution bus is partially aimed at countering the stigma surrounding an attack on a similar bus in 1975 in Beirut's Ain al-Rummaneh area that is said to have triggered the Lebanese civil war which fragmented the country. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO

BEIRUT: Residents of north Lebanon Monday demonstrated outside state institutions on the 33rd day of the nationwide uprising, which saw students gather outside of their classes earlier in the morning.

In Beirut, students gathered outside the Education Ministry building.

“We are here to teach our parents the meaning of freedom, because no one moved at their time and that is why we are here now,” a young woman protesting outside the Education Ministry said.

Schools and universities resumed classes as normal. However, banks remained closed, as employees continued their almost week-long strike.

Dozens of students protested outside the Beirut Arab University’s branch in Tripoli, refusing to attend classes. Others blockaded a school in Bakhoun in Minyeh. A group of students pitched a tent outside the Finance Ministry's office in Tripoli.

“They did nothing since the government’s fall. There is a disrespect for the people in the streets and their demands,” one student outside BAU said.

Saad Hariri resigned from his position as prime minister under pressure from the protest movement on Oct. 29, bringing down the government with him. President Michel Aoun has yet to call for binding parliamentary consultations, which are constitutionally required to name the person who will form the new government.

Unprecedented nationwide protests against the ruling class erupted on Oct. 17, following the government’s announcement of tax hikes. Hundreds of thousands of people have demanded the formation of a technocratic government to rescue Lebanon’s crumbling economy, in addition to an overhaul of the decades-long sectarian political system, early parliamentary elections and return of “looted public funds.”

On Monday, people in the town of Halba in Akkar blocked the area's main road with metal barriers and tires.

Protesters also blocked roads in Ayyat and Aayoun with cars, tires and tents, the state-run National News Agency reported. The roads were reopened later in the day.

 

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