BEIRUT — A pro-Iranian Shia leader said today that kidnaping is a proper weapon in "the causes of Islam," but Muslim students marched to protest abductions of foreigners, including four of their teachers.
The anti-kidnaping march by hundreds of young Lebanese accompanied a one-day strike by about 50,000 students protesting the abduction of four professors--three Americans and an Indian--from the Beirut University College campus last Saturday.
Muslim schools in West Beirut joined those with American, British and French affiliations in the strike, the second since gunmen disguised as police abducted the four educators.
Demonstrators carried a coffin wrapped in a black sheet and chanted: "Stop kidnaping! We need education!"
A banner was emblazoned with sketches of the four, their names and the message: "Don't Give Up. We're With You." It was signed "Your students."