Last Sunday marked the 11th day of protests in Lebanon, and among the many unique methods of protest – including actual, full-blown raves – that day also saw thousands of Lebanese begin to join hands in a 170-km long human chain, blocking roads and further pressuring the Lebanese government.
The uprising has seen millions take to the streets calling for the ousting of the current government – a culmination of years of corruption and economic crises. While it was propelled by the so-called ‘WhatsApp Tax’ that the government had intended to impose on Whatsapp voice calls, the uprising is actually a result of decades worth of worsening living conditions.
Besides its functional purposes, the symbolic so-called ‘human chain’ has also gone on to show the staggering ability of the Lebanese to mobilise as one, in spite of the country’s persistent sectarian conflict.
The idea behind forming a chain can be credited to a Lebanese high school history teacher and lecturer, Julie Bou Nassif, who created a Facebook event that went widely viral, eventually involving most Lebanese towns in the event.
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The chain spanned from Tripoli, all the way through Beirut, to Tyre in the South.
Main image courtesy of Omar Imadi.