Students take to Lebanon streets as protests grow Nov 08, 2019 0 80 12345 AFPBeirutThousands of students took to the streets across Lebanon on Thursday to demand a better future as anti-government protests now entering their fourth week continued to spread.Pupils carrying their schoolbags picked up the baton from thousands of women who ignited the main protest site in Beirut on Wednesday evening by banging pots and pans to demand their rights.In Tripoli, where mobilisation has been relentless since the protests erupted on October 17, demonstrators planned to take down the giant portraits of politicians plastered all over the city’s buildings.Grievances initially focused on poor infrastructure and abysmal public services quickly grew into an unprecedented nationwide push to drive out an elite protesters say has ruled the country like a cartel for decades.Thousands of university and high school students streamed into the streets of Beirut and other towns to boost the protests. “All of them, all of them are thieves,” chanted one pupil, perched on the shoulders of a schoolmate outside the education ministry.Setting off coloured flares and waving Lebanese flags, students blocked off traffic to demand the wholesale removal of the current political class and its sectarian-based power-sharing system.“What if we had a young, educated, ethical and competent political leadership?” was the question asked on one placard.“We go to school, we work hard and in the end we pick up diplomas so we can just hang around and stay at home doing nothing,” said Marwa Abdel Rahman, 16.Youth unemployment stands at more than 30% in Lebanon, from which many young people were seeking to emigrate until last month’s rallies created a rare moment of national hope and unity in a country often characterised by its divisions.What started as a spontaneous, apolitical and leaderless popular movement, is becoming increasingly organised, with activists coming together to synchronise marches and stunts across the country.After blocking off roads for days, protesters have switched to preventing access to institutions seen as the most egregious examples of mismanagement and corruption.Students in Tripoli blocked employees from clocking in for work at the telecommunications ministry building. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Iran resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow plant in new stepback from deal Nov 08, 2019 0 112 Kuwaitis protest: New political crisis on the horizon? Nov 08, 2019 0 78 37 killed in Burkina Faso’s deadliest attack in five years Nov 08, 2019 0 1573 Ten Nigerian troops killed in militant ambush, say military sources Kano: At least 10 Nigerian soldiers have been killed and nine severely injured in an ambush by jihadists in restive northeast Nigeria, military sources said on Thursday. Another 12 soldiers were missing after a column of .. Congo’s ‘Terminator’ gets harshest ever ICC sentence The Hague: The International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese rebel chief Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda to 30 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity on Thursday, the highest ever penalty issued by the .. 13 people killed in attack on northern Kenya villages Mombasa: Thirteen people were killed in northern Kenya during an armed attack on two villages, a senior government official told dpa on Wednesday. Marsabit County Commissioner Evans Achoki said that 10 people - .. Baghdadi’s wife revealed IS group secrets after capture AFP Istanbul The wife of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi revealed “a lot of information” about the jihadist group’s “inner workings” after she was captured last year, a Turkish official said. The .. Protest-hit Lebanon’s financial prosecutor orders graft probes Beirut: Lebanon’s financial prosecutor on Thursday ordered sweeping investigations into suspected corruption and waste of public funds by senior officials, the state National News Agency reported. The move comes as .. Iraqi protesters force key port to close, hours after it reopened DPA Basra Anti-government protests in Iraq forced a major trade port to close on Thursday, just a few hours after it reopened, according to witnesses. Earlier on Thursday, trucks loaded with goods began entering the port .. 6 killed in rebel attack in Yemen’s Mokha Abu Dhabi: Six people, including four civilians, were killed in an attack by Yemeni rebels on a military base in the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha, medical sources said on Thursday. The strike also damaged a hospital run by ..