Students at the American University of Beirut demonstrated on Wednesday (26 May) against the student council elections.
Students at the American University of Beirut demonstrated on Wednesday (26 May) against the student council elections. The students claim that the elections were not planned in the democratic way necessary for the smooth running of the university.
Education authorities in Lebanon have expressed growing concern over the student troubles. In January this year, there were large scale demonstrations over the school curricula.
SYNOPSIS: At Beirut's American University on Wednesday, students staged a protest against the system chosen to elect the student council. There was no violence...students seemed content to parade with placards calling for a general boycott of the elections.
Some of the students barricaded furniture across the election hall entrance. Education authorities in Lebanon are becoming increasingly concerned over conduct of students. In January this year, students held a mass demonstration in the city protesting over the school curricula.
There was also trouble earlier this month when thousands demonstrated against the visit of United States Secretary of State Mr. William Rogers. On that occasion, they were against the American policy in the Middle East. Press reports termed the anti-Rogers demonstrations as the most vociferous and highly organised of his entire tour.
Many students support El Fatah and Palestinian guerrilla movements. In April last year, thousands, some of them carrying arms in direct contradiction of a government ban, marched through the streets demonstrating against the Government of King Hussein of Jordan.