On the day of the massive protest organized by AUB secular students, protesters clashed once again with riot police in front of the American University of Beirut (AUB), as students made their rejection of the dollarization of tuition fees clear.
However, the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) did not only resort to violence this time, but some even crossed the line of decency when they groped vulnerable female protesters who were trying to escape the chaotic scene.
Some of these various incidents of outrageous sexual misconduct were caught on camera.
Security forces were heavily deployed around AUB and patrolling Hamra street, while hundreds of students gathered in front of their university protesting the dollarization of tuition fees.
That dollarization has translated into a tremendous tuition increase, with the local currency losing more than 80 percent of its value against the dollar in the past year.
The result is catastrophic for most students who won’t be able to continue their education, and they found themselves with no other alternative but to protest.
Multiple students spray-painted the outer walls of the university with words such as Thawra (revolution) and chanted against the university while holding banners that read “Education is not a commodity.”
Students were also protesting against the violence they encountered last week when they demonstrated in front of AUB for the same reasons.
Even though AUB’s president Fadlo Khoury stated that the university is against the violence students were subjected to, nothing changed this time around as caught on camera, and images and videos circulating social media, fueling public outrage.