Last night, thousands of protesters filled the streets of downtown Beirut, and it continued into the early hours of this morning! A source from the AP told us that protests erupted over the government’s plan to impose new taxes, that it would charge 20 cents per day for voice over internet protocol; which is basically a feature used in Whatsapp, Facebook and other applications.
The demonstrations are the largest Lebanon has seen since the spark of the 2015 trash crisis. The severe economic crisis, as well as the corruption and decades of mismanagement, led the people to take their anger out on politicians. According to CNN “Lebanon has been struggling with growing inflation, stagnant economic growth and a lot of debt. Also, the decaying infrastructure, that includes long and frequent power outages, has meant that living standards have dropped for many Lebanese”
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