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Thousands of Lebanese Students Take to Streets to Demand Better Future

Thousands of Lebanese Students Take to Streets to Demand Better Future

Thursday, 7 November, 2019 - 14:45
Students and schoolchildren have joined the mass protests in Lebanese cities demanding better public education and more job opportunities for school leavers - AFP

Thousands of students marched the streets of Lebanon on Thursday to demand a better future as an unprecedented anti-government protest movement entered its fourth week and continued to spread.

Waving Lebanese flags, students and high school pupils massed in front of the education ministry in Beirut to voice their grievances against the government, AFP reported.

"I challenge any politician or official to send their children to state schools," one pupil told a local television channel.

"The economy is in trouble, there is no work, how will we survive in the future?."

Groups of students gathered elsewhere in Beirut and in other cities.

Students in the coastal towns of Jounieh and Chekka gathered in front of the gates of the national telecommunications operator to block access, the state-run National News Agency reported.

People of all ages and sects have gathered daily to demand better services, a crackdown on corruption and the wholesale removal of an elite they say has been ruling Lebanon like a cartel for decades.

According to AFP, demonstrators blocked employees from clocking in for work at the electricity utility's headquarters in Beirut Thursday, in protest at the abysmal quality of the mains electricity supply.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri bowed to pressure from the street late last month and submitted his government's resignation but the protest movement did not relent.

Demonstrators demand that key officials step down to make way for a technocratic cabinet not aligned with Lebanon's traditional sectarian-based parties.

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