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“For once, we’re united”: How protestors in Lebanon are rejecting sectarianism

What began as anger against a "WhatsApp tax" has grown into a protest movement that crosses class and religion

By Lizzie Porter  

Protestors in Beirut gathering in October

Three times in the past three years, 47-year-old Mona Salam has opened a small shop selling foodstuffs and clothes. All three times, the shop has failed—a result of Lebanon’s stagnant economy. Those failures have had an impact on her mental health—she now relies on her family to cover living costs, and antidepressants to get through the day. “We have reached a point of no return,” she told me last week, as she joined protestors on Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut. Sung…

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