Did A WhatsApp Tax Spark Riots?


Massive protests raging in Lebanon were triggered when Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government unveiled austerity measures that included a $0.20 tax on calls made via WhatsApp

That proposal was soon scrapped, but protesters from various religious backgrounds remained on the streets waving flags and chanting in Beirut, Tripoli, and elsewhere, angry over the crumbling state of the country and what they say is cronyism at the highest levels of government.

“This country is moving towards total collapse,” protester Mohammad Awada told Reuters. “This regime has failed to lead Lebanon and it must be toppled and replaced.”

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