Lebanon: Students Shun Classes to Protest against Government

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Students in Lebanon shunned classes leading anti-government demonstrations across the country on Wednesday, refusing to return to class before the demands of a nearly three-week-old protest movement are met.

Dozens gathered in front of the education ministry, in the nation’s capital Beirut,  brandishing Lebanese flags and chanting slogans demanding the removal of a political class seen as incompetent and corrupt.

“What will I do with a school leaver’s certificate if I don’t have a country,” one pupil told Lebanese television.

In the largest pupil-led protest, crowds streamed into a central square in the southern city of Sidon, demanding better public education and more job opportunities for school leavers.

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