First, Lebanon was literally burning, which was tragic and awful. But now, Lebanon is figuratively on fire, which is amazing and awesome. The government there decided to deal with its financial shortages not by cracking down on corruption or wasteful spending, but by (wait for it…) adding a $0.20 daily tax on calls through messaging apps like Whatsapp. And that’s when about a million people (not exaggerating) took to the streets to say hell no! To be clear, this proposed (and now wisely scrapped) tax was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, after years of growing Lebanese frustration with sectarianism, lack of adequate electricity or government services, wide-spread corruption, diminishing wages and rising living costs. We can’t vouch for this being the single most important cause to protest for (though it is certainly worthy), we can vouch for the fact that the Lebanese have the most fun while protesting, as a stroll through the bigger protest hashtags on Twitter will show. Now, it remains to be seen whether the unprecedented show of unity will result in chaos, compromise, or a new era of political reform. But if the protests over five days and counting show anything, it’s that Lebanon is witnessing a watershed moment, and there’s no going back from here.

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