by Klai Iheb
Hundreds of students staged a sit-in on Wednesday in front of schools, universities and the Ministry of Education in defiance of the decision to resume classes on the 21st day of the popular anti-political movement in Lebanon.
In the city of Jounieh, north of Beirut, students gathered in the courtyard of the area’s main public school and, joined by other demonstrators, denounced the ban on the school administration to leave them and join the protest movements.
Students in Sour closed the entrances to their high school and demonstrated, chanting slogans calling for the overthrow of the regime.
In Beirut, dozens of school and university students spread across the area in front of the Ministry of Education, expressing political and living demands, like demonstrators throughout the country. “We are the basis of this revolution,” a student told a local channel.
In the cities of Nabatiyeh and Sidon in southern Lebanon, students of the Lebanese National University held a sit-in to express their rejection of their administration’s decision to resume classes.
“We want a non-sectarian system,” said one student with a loudspeaker as his classmates carried them on their shoulders, with a banner reading “The October 17th Revolution”.
The same scene was repeated at other universities and schools in the capital and in the north of the country, where students moved to express their anger at the politics.
The Judicial System, Finance, and Electricity
Hundreds of people also staged demonstrations in front of official institutions, such as EDL which is a symbol of poor public services in a country that ranks 138 out of 180 on the corruption index, according to Transparency International.
Protesters also gathered in front of the Ministry of Finance and the Palace of Justice in Beirut, where lawyers demanded the independence of the judiciary, as well as the Central Bank, protesting its monetary policies.
Protesters blocked the entrances to the car registration center in Dekwaneh, east of Beirut, to prevent employees from starting their jobs.
Last night, demonstrations from Beirut to Tripoli in the north and Sidon in the south occurred.
Since 17 October, Lebanon has witnessed an unprecedented popular movement that erupted against the backdrop of living demands and evolved to demand the overthrow of the country’s ruling class.
Under pressure, Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on October 29th, but the delay in forming a government has angered the protesters.