Security forces were posted near the Ministry of Education in Beirut after a demonstration on Tuesday (30 Jan) by 2,000 students in support of striking teachers.
MV Sign Ministry of Education TILT DOWN to armed soldiers on guard
GV & SV Soldiers on road near Ecole Normale (2 shots)
GV & SV Students mingle among troops (3 shots)
GV & SV Armed soldiers (3 shots)
LV Fire engines
SV Line of troops PAN TO LV Students outside Ecole Normale
SV & GV PAN Students past line of troops
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Background: Security forces were posted near the Ministry of Education in Beirut after a demonstration on Tuesday (30 Jan) by 2,000 students in support of striking teachers.
Police had used teargas and coloured water to break up the demonstration by students at the Ecole Normale, the school for future public school teachers.
Six policemen were hurt in the clash, during which students threw stones and other missiles.
On Wednesday (31 Jan), students milled around outside the school and the nearby Ministry of Education, but there was no trouble.
The teachers are striking in support of demands for higher pay.
SYNOPSIS: At the Ministry of Education in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, troops stood guard to prevent any demonstrations. Students from the nearby Ecole Normale -- the centre for training future teachers -- had clashed with police earlier in the day. The students acted in support of school teachers who went on strike to back demands for higher pay.
The students threw stones and other missiles and police used tear gas, fire engines and jets of coloured water to break up the demonstration.
Six policemen were injured...and four of them were taken to hospital. The students said they had suffered casualties, too. The teachers strike which is the cause of the trouble is a week old and there have been demands for Parliamentary action to end it.