10 teachers arrested at Baabda protest
Ten teachers were reportedly arrested by security forces during a large protest that blocked roads near the presidential palace in Baabda Thursday.
Hundreds of teachers and professors gathered to protest against their stagnating wages and short term contracts.
Some clashes between demonstrators and riot police were reported.
Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh denounced the actions of security forces as "unacceptable violence in a republic that claims respect for freedoms," local media quoted him as saying.
Hamadeh reportedly spoke with the protesters via telephone earlier, confirming his support and telling them to “stay where you are.”