BEIRUT: Protesters Tuesday clashed once again with riot police in front of the American University of Beirut, as students voiced their opposition to the dollarization of tuition fees.
Protesters were beaten with sticks and pushed away from the entrances of AUB on Bliss Street. At least two protesters were injured.
Hundreds of students gathered in front of AUB Tuesday morning to protest the dollarization of tuition fees that effectively meant price hikes, with the country’s local currency losing more than 80 percent of its value against the dollar in the past year.
Security forces were heavily deployed around the university and patrolling Hamra street.
Many protesters spray painted the outer walls of the university with words such as “revolution” in Arabic and held banners that read “Education is not a commodity.”
As students tried to enter the university through two gates on Bliss Street, they were pushed back by security forces in what resulted in tense clashes between the two sides.
Demonstrators then moved to the seafront entrance of AUB, where they were also met with police.
Most protesters were students of different universities in Lebanon, mainly AUB and Lebanese American University students, where the tuition fee exchange rate was also hiked.
Students were also protesting against violence they encountered last week when they protested in front of AUB for the same reasons. Riot police at the time clashed with protesters and launched tear gas to disperse them.