14 students injured in Beirut over civil war history book

Clashes broke out on Saturday between security forces and students affiliated with the Kataeb party and the National Liberal Party (NLP) who were staging a demonstration against a curriculum proposal for a Lebanese history book in Downtown Beirut near the Grand Serail. Kataeb bloc MP Sami Gemayel on Saturday held the Lebanese cabinet responsible for the clashes.

New TV reported that ten students supporting Kataeb and four students supporting NLP were wounded, adding that the protesters, who were seeking to reach the Grand Serail, “have started to withdraw gradually” from Riad el Solh Square.

The Kataeb party is led by former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel while the NLP is led by MP Dori Chamoun.

The debate over a standardized account of Lebanon’s modern history has been ongoing for more than two decades. The Taif Accord, a reconciliation pact passed in 1990 to end the country’s civil war, called for the implementation of a unified curriculum.

Most history lessons end in 1946, three years after Lebanon’s independence from French colonial rule. Many schools avoid teaching the subject altogether to deter sectarian and political fervor.

Gemayel holds Cabinet Responsible

Kataeb bloc MP Sami Gemayel on Saturday held the Lebanese cabinet responsible for the clashes that erupted earlier today in Downtown Beirut between security forces and students – who were protesting a curriculum proposal for a Lebanese history book.

The students were affiliated with the Kataeb party and the National Liberal Party (NLP).

During an interview with MTV television station Gemayel said that Saturday’s protest was “the fourth [peaceful] demonstration which the Kataeb party has staged within a month and a half in different areas [of Lebanon].”

“Why were the students aggressively [attacked on Saturday]?” Gemayel inquired.

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  • Hannibal

    I would love to see the security forces flex their muscles in Da7ye. 

    • guss043

      Those ass  holes police in Lebanon with their ugly dress ( i hate their guts) before the war corrupt and bullying restaurant and eating for free at Abu Khedr , and now raising their batons ,reaaly we need to brake the batons on their head the PM and President need the baton on their head not the sutdent, where is the police officer to stop stealing and crime and drus run by Hizbollah and others , where were they when Hizbollah made the downtown a big washroom .This police force is the worst in the world so is this f army. Dismantle it all and change their f uniforms and hire people with a minimum high school education . We lived really in peace during the civil war in east beirut without these assholes !!!! and there was no issues

      • 5thDrawer

        Don’t forget to mention the fear of women in being questioned or arrested by them.

        • guss043

          You dont know what they did to my sister one time  as they hit her car downtown. my sister shes’ very very powerful , she told their captain if Lebanese are counting on you for justice we should really commit suicide. Thank god my uncle was a lawyer and well connected otherwise she will not get a penny, Shame on them what they did accused her of coming against  the traffic falsely but she have a witness ,bastards !!

  • I would love to see the security forces flex their muscles in Da7ye. 

    • guss043

       Those ass  holes police in Lebanon with their ugly dress ( i hate their guts) before the war corrupt and bullying restaurant and eating for free at Abu Khedr , and now raising their batons , need to break the batons on their head the PM and President need the baton on their head not the sutdent, where is the police officer to stop stealing and crime and drus run by Hizbollah and others , where were they when Hizbollah made the downtown a big washroom .This police force is the worst in the world so is this f army. Dismantle it all and change their f uniforms and hire people with a minimum high school education . We lived really in peace during the civil war in east beirut without these assholes !!!! and there was no issues

      • 5thDrawer

        Don’t forget to mention the fear of women in being questioned or arrested by them.

        • guss043

          You dont know what they did to my sister one time  as they hit her car downtown. my sister shes’ very very powerful , she told their captain if Lebanese are counting on you for justice we should really commit suicide. Thank god my uncle was a lawyer and well connected otherwise she will not get a penny, Shame on them what they did accused her of coming against  the traffic falsely but she have a witness ,bastards !!

  • 5thDrawer

    Party-backed ‘student’ demonstrations are not the way to go, people. If the students really want honest history being taught, they should be alone in their quest as STUDENTS !! Open your minds. It’s why you are supposed to be in school.

    • guss043

      Because obviously they are busy with something more important ,  and mainly because the other students belong to Orange and Yellow and Blue and % colors flags and didn’t have green light to protest. Not many are interested in the truth , are the Sunni really interested to show the mufti Khaled speech in 1975 proclaiming the PLO is the army of the Lebanese moslem ? or Joumblatt saying that he want to conquer the Christian area and proclaim Ajaltoun and open city and sign the christian defeat treaty there, or anyone want to show Abu Ayad claiming the road to Palestine pass by Jounieh. I am not saying the Christians didn’t have their faults but at least Lebanon was their interest, inst the same slogans that the Christians raised in 1975 are now raised by Future , and Joumblatt ? anyway no Lebanese TV stations dared to show yet the 15 episode of the Al Jazeera “war in Lebanon ” this is a historic documentary even though AL JAzeera is a pro Palestinian station but many truthful things are in the documentary

  • 5thDrawer

    Party-backed ‘student’ demonstrations are not the way to go, people. If the students really want honest history being taught, they should be alone in their quest as STUDENTS !! Open your minds. It’s why you are supposed to be in school.

    • guss043

       Because obviously they are busy with something more important ,  and minal because th other sudents belong to Orange and Yellow and Blue and % colors flags and didnt have green light to protest. Not many are interested in the truth , are the sunni really interested to show the muti Khaled speech in 1975 proclaiming the PLO is the army of the Lebanese moslem ? or Joumblatt saying that he want to conquer the Chritians area and proclaim Ajaltoun and open area and sign th defeat treaty there, or anyone want to show Abu Ayad claiming the road to Palestine pass by Jounieh am not saying the Christians didn’t have their faults but at least Lebanon was thier interest, isnt the same slogans that the Christians raised in 1975 are now raised by Future , and Joumblatt ? anyway no one showed yet on Lebanese channels the 15 episode of the Al Jazeera “war in Lebanon ” this is a historic documentary even though AL JAzeera is a pro palestinian station but many truthful things are in the documentary

  • guss043

    Gutsy the  the Kataeb was and always and will be, who cares what the F they teach it is enough internet now to know the truthI studied that the 1860 massacres against the christians by the Druze was caused by a druze and christian boy playing with ” Gille ” , you think we did buy that? and we were told dont concentrate on that no questions will be asked from this chapter .Reflection not of the government only but also of the people who allow lies ,that’s what the middle east bunch of liars and denials of the truth ,why the Kataeb and Ahrar are only in the street does other parties dont mind lying about the history?!!!!! , without the christians guts and their  fight for justice and  the truth ( not all of them for sure ) and dignity this Lebanon will be a cesspool!!!!

  • guss043

    Gutsy the  the Kataeb was and always and will be, who cares what the F they teach it is enough internet now to know the truthI studied that the 1860 massacres against the christians by the Druze was caused by a druze and christian boy playing with ” Gille ” , you think we did buy that? and we were told dont concentrate on that no questions will be asked from this chapter .Reflection not of the government only but also of the people who allow lies ,that’s what the middle east bunch of liars and denials of the truth ,why the Kataeb and Ahrar are only in the street does other parties dont mind lying about the history?!!!!! , without the christians guts and their  fight for justice and  the truth ( not all of them for sure ) and dignity this Lebanon will be a cesspool!!!!

  • antar2011

    if that is not autocratic…what is?
    disappointingly it came from lebanese police officers.

  • antar2011

    if that is not autocratic…what is?
    disappointingly it came from lebanese police officers.

  • antar2011

    if that is not autocratic…what is?
    disappointingly it came from lebanese police officers.

  • josephphdman

    it should,nt be called a civil war book , it was a liberation war from the palestinians invaders who raged war against the lebaneese people ,hoping to overthrow the governement and declare lebanon as a palestinian state , the shia,s should be greatfull to the people  saved lebanon , because the lebanneese shia,s would,nt want to live under sunni,s palestinian state  rule. neither the lebaneese christians , nither the sunnis or any other lebaneese . 

  • josephphdman

    it should,nt be called a civil war book , it was a liberation war from the palestinians invaders who raged war against the lebaneese people ,hoping to overthrow the governement and declare lebanon as a palestinian state , the shia,s should be greatfull to the people  saved lebanon , because the lebanneese shia,s would,nt want to live under sunni,s palestinian state  rule. neither the lebaneese christians , nither the sunnis or any other lebaneese . 

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Lebanon was created to protect a large remaining pocket of Aramean Christians and other groups wanted to take power from them. They used the Palestinian Arabs they’d allowed to settle there to subvert the system and it all descended into chaos. Very simple.

    • 5thDrawer

      True. You’re on a roll today Adam.
      The French, who owned everything, had noticed that the Syrians had a strange propensity to kill Christians, so they created a ‘place’ for them … but it wasn’t quite empty already. Later, the French decided it wasn’t worth trying to keep all of the tribes from potting at each other, so they cleared out.
      The British had a similar problem to the south … even Israelis potted at them .. so they cleared out too. The result? Chaos still reigns everywhere. Assad is just the latest worst example. And the crowd of refugees keeps moving around. 

      And yes, we know where the water is. Seems the sea of Galilee is about a third empty … and the river Jordan is a trickle of it’s former self. Too damn many people in the whole region.
      Unfortunately, the global warming caused by too many people and cows (add pigs and goats) is also eliminating the snow caps on Mount Lebanon too. Won’t be long …. maybe 100 years … no water anywhere.

    • 5thDrawer

      True. You’re on a roll today Adam.
      The French, who owned everything, had noticed that the Syrians had a strange propensity to kill Christians, so they created a ‘place’ for them … but it wasn’t quite empty already. Later, the French decided it wasn’t worth trying to keep all of the tribes from potting at each other, so they cleared out.
      The British had a similar problem to the south … even Israelis potted at them .. so they cleared out too. The result? Chaos still reigns everywhere. Assad is just the latest worst example. And the crowd of refugees keeps moving around. 

      And yes, we know where the water is. Seems the sea of Galilee is about a third empty … and the river Jordan is a trickle of it’s former self. Too damn many people in the whole region.
      Unfortunately, the global warming caused by too many people and cows (add pigs and goats) is also eliminating the snow caps on Mount Lebanon too. Won’t be long …. maybe 100 years … no water anywhere.

  • Lebanon was created to protect a large remaining pocket of Aramean Christians and other groups wanted to take power from them. They used the Palestinian Arabs they’d allowed to settle there to subvert the system and it all descended into chaos. Very simple.

    • 5thDrawer

      True. You’re on a roll today Adam.
      The French, who owned everything, had noticed that the Syrians had a strange propensity to kill Christians, so they created a ‘place’ for them … but it wasn’t quite empty already. Later, the French decided it wasn’t worth trying to keep all of the tribes from potting at each other, so they cleared out.
      The British had a similar problem to the south … even Israelis potted at them .. so they cleared out too. The result? Chaos still reigns everywhere. Assad is just the latest worst example. And the crowd of refugees keeps moving around.