Dozens of Lebanese police and students were injured in Beirut on Wednesday (20 March), when student demonstrations over university education turned violent.
Dozens of Lebanese police and students were injured in Beirut on Wednesday (20 March), when student demonstrations over university education turned violent. The confrontation developed near the Ministry of Education.
Students reportedly hurled stones at police barring their way. The security forces retaliated by firing tear-gas in an effort to disperse the demonstrators. There was also a report of a taxi driver being shot dead in an argument with police.
After the crowd of an estimated 4,000 students had been broken up, small groups of demonstrators burned tyres in the roads and broke traffic signals in an effort to disrupt the flow of city traffic.
The students are campaigning for improvements in the state-owned Lebanese University and against a planned 10 per cent increase in tuition fees at the American University. The unrest continued today, when police again had to use tear-gas to break up the demonstrations.