On the students’ “Day of Rage” Lebanese students clashed with riot police in Beirut outside of the American University of Beirut (AUB) with tear gas being fired at the students, who responded by throwing bottles at riot police. The protest turned confrontation was organised by students as a response to the AUB and another top university in Beirut deciding to massively hike tuition fees in the midst of an economic crisis.
President of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), Aritz Rodríguez, heralds the approaching 75th anniversary of this unique internationalist movement that now rallies in support of Lebanon.
Fuel has been added to the fire in Lebanon with the contents of a new report detailing the surge in poverty and extreme poverty the country has experienced over the last year.
Following the devastating Beirut explosion, Robin Talbot and Ewan Simpson speak to Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth president Adnan Al-Mokdad about his organisation’s response and the fast-moving political situation in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s political crisis deepened after Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday (10 August 2020) on national television that the whole cabinet had resigned, despite President Michel Aoun asking them to stay on as caretakers until a new government is formed.
As the body count rises to over 150 confirmed dead, thousands in Lebanon took to the streets over the weekend to protest corruption and negligence.