Freedom-minded students are leading spontaneous and massive protests in Syrian-occupied Lebanon, says an eyewitness, who adds these human rights demonstrations have broad support among the general population.
The protests, according to C.K., an Australian of Lebanese origin, who was interviewed by the Lebanese Canadian Coordinating Council, focus on the lack of freedom in the country, the lack of sovereignty under Syrian domination and the fact that human rights are not recognized by the puppet regime.
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C.K., whose name was withheld to protect him from reprisals, said student sit-ins are frequently staged to express their disapproval of the occupation.
"One must remember that a climate of fear and intimidation exists in Lebanon at the present time due largely to the presence of 40,000 Syrian soldiers and thousands more Gestapo-style secret service agents," said C.K. "The Syrians are placed 'strategically' around universities and schools to keep the students at bay. This however has not intimidated the students and has in fact given them more courage to fight on for their rights. Recently the government has resorted to sending heavily armed riot police into universities in an aim to arrest student leaders and also to try to scare the students into submission. On both accounts they have failed."
C.K. said demonstrations are often broken up with brutal tactics by Syrian and Lebanese secret intelligence officers.