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Students block roads leading to universities

Protesters block a highway connecting east and west Beirut, Oct. 23, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamed Azakir)

BEIRUT: Students blocked roads leading to Lebanon's universities Wednesday morning, as protests continued across the country for the seventh day.

Students from Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut obstructed roads near the two campuses, despite the administrations of both institutions announcing that no classes would be held Wednesday.

A decision by Education Minister Akram Chehayeb Tuesday to open all schools and universities caused outrage among students and professors who said they would strike anyway.

Chehayeb then revoked his decision, announcing that schools and vocational instutions remain closed. He did not, however, mention universities.

Although LAU, AUB, Notre Dame University and Lebanese University later declared that they would remain closed, students still blocked the roads leading to their campuses.

“There is no point in the revolution if the people can go to work normally. The politicians won’t feel the pressure this way," LAU student Lynn Chamy said.

Internal Security Forces personnel tried to convince the students to open the road.

"You are closing the road against innocent people and not where you should be closing it,” one ISF member said.

Lebanese University students held a demonstration in Furn al-Shubbak, at office of university president Fouad Ayoub. Later, they gathered in Riad El Solh square.

Their chants included the line, "Fouad Ayoub is one of them.”

“We will not get back to our university until the demands of the revolution is achieved,” said Adon Ayoub a Lebanese University student told The Daily Star.

 

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