Secondary public school teachers held a protest near the Baabda Palace on Thursday to demand that they receive the six-degree pay hike granted to them by the salary scale law and that the term of their contracts would become permanent.
As teachers attempted to block the road leading to the presidential palace, a dispute erupted with security forces which insisted that the protesters would stay in the space designed for them.
After negotiations between teachers and security forces had failed, protesters decided to stage a march towards the presidential palace, thus prompting security forces to call in reinforcements and vehicles equipped with water cannons.
Five teachers were arrested for blocking the road leading to the Baabda Palace, the National News Agency reported.
Demonstrators demanded the release of their colleagues and a meeting with President Michel Aoun.
Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh denounced the unacceptable use of violence against teachers 'in a country that claims to respect freedoms'.