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20 juill. 2020 | 03h35 UTC

Lebanon: University employees to protest in Beirut on July 20 /update 129

Lebanon Alerte de sécurité

University employees to demonstrate in Beirut on July 20 following job cuts; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 20/7/2020, 12h00 until 21/7/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Beirut). COUNTRY/REGION Beirut

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American University of Beirut (AUB) employees have called for several demonstrations in Beirut on Monday, July 20, in protest against job cuts at the university. Participants will reportedly gather at the Ministry of Social Affairs at 11:00 (local time), near the Hamra Medical Centre at 12:00, and near the university's main campus at 13:30.

A heightened security presence and localized transport disruption are to be expected near the protest sites.


University president Fadlo Khuri has announced that the American University of Beirut (AUB) would be forced to dismiss 25-percent of its 6500 staff. This comes following the university's worst economic crisis since its founding, brought about by the recent collapse of the Lebanese economy. The AUB is seen by some in Lebanon as a symbol of Lebanese resilience and stability, having survived regional conflicts, economic crises, and civil war during its 154-year history. Further job cuts are likely to bring about renewed protests against the government's handling of the country's economic crisis.


Those in Lebanon are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. Individuals in Beirut are advised to confirm doctor's appointments and anticipate longer waiting times in medical facilities for the duration of the protests.


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