Protesting Lebanese Students Clash With Military in Beirut

University students marched in Beirut demanding the overturning of the increase of tuition and the dollarization of fees, moving through Hamra, as well as LAU and Haigazian universities. The military then opened fire with tear gas canisters as students chanted “this is our university” in front of the American University of Beirut, being pushed away but then beginning to attack the front of a Byblos bank.

The military then proceeded to advance on the streets of the Lebanese capital, with student organizers responding by stating that they would not back off until the government reconsidered the dollarization and increases of tuition fees. Students then relived the ‘Night of the banks’ in the Hamra neighborhood, breaking the front windows and ATMs of banks in the area.

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