Lebanon is at crossroads of changing the current government or continuing with the current extremists. The citizens are taking to streets against the proposed tax over usage of WhatsApp, along with a demand for the rebuilding of the nation’s economic and political systems.
Thousands of protestors are rallying together in Tripoli every night demanding a change in the government. The protests are more acute in Tripoli as the city is a part of one of Lebanon’s poorest regions of Lebanon. Almost 57% of the population in the area is under the poverty line.
The protests initiated due to the proposed ban on WhatsApp use would have affected more than 80% of Lebanese population who use the messaging platform to share text and audio messages, make video and audio calls. The proposal for the tax was quickly canceled.
The ongoing protests from 17 October 2019, prompted the Prime Minister to announce his resignation end of last month. The protestors are also demanding the sectarian government to step down and make way for a new government. A large percentage of the citizens are pessimistic about the current government’s actions for the well-being of the country. In a poll undertaken by Pew Research Center, it has been found that more than 84% of the Lebanese citizens feel the country’s economic system is bad.
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