Education unions call for large protest against the Lebanese government in Beirut on Monday

File – File image of protests in Lebanon. – Marwan Naamani/dpa

The Lebanese public education unions have called on Saturday a large demonstration for next Monday in the center of Beirut, in which they will denounce the passivity of the government in the face of the crisis in the sector.

The demonstration will coincide with the ministerial meeting to be headed by the country’s Prime Minister, Nayib Mikati, which will discuss precisely the hardships faced by the country’s teachers, one more aspect of the very serious economic crisis that has subdued the Lebanese population.

It should be recalled that Lebanese teachers have been on strike since the beginning of last month until February 12 to demand a salary increase, the partial cost of transportation, part of the payment of payrolls in dollars and the incorporation of medical insurance.

The sit-in will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday between Béchara el Jouri Avenue and Riad el Solh Square.

«We call on the cabinet to approve these requests in order to ensure the return of the education sector to normality,» according to the unions’ statement in which they warn that if these demands are not approved, «there is a danger of losing the entire school year,» they warned in a statement picked up by ‘L’Orient le Jour’.