Lebanon has been paralyzed by nationwide protests on Friday as demonstrators blocked major roads in the second day of rallies against the government's handling of a severe economic crisis and the entire country's political class.
The country experienced its largest protests since 2015, and could be on the road of further destabilization.
Lebanon currently has one of the highest debt loads in the world and its population had been displeased with their living standards.
The trigger, in the end, was the news Thursday that the government was planning, among other measures, to impose a tax on Whatsapp calls – a decision it later withdrew as people began taking to the streets.
The protests could plunge Lebanon into a political crisis with unpredictable repercussions for the economy, which has been in steady decline for the past few years. Some of the protesters said they would stay in the streets until the government resigns.
As the protests escalated and widened in scope to reach almost every city and province, schools, banks and businesses shut down.
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