Lebanon is currently facing one of the biggest protests in the country since 2015. Herds of people have flocked to the streets of Beirut protesting against the failure of the Lebanese government to find a solution to the ongoing economic crisis.
Typically, protests can always be inclined to become destructive and violent. The stronger the cause, the louder the protesters shout. And while protests are loud, they are not ‘violent’ and quite a bit of fun, actually.
Soon after the protests began, the tone of these shifted to that of a more festive atmosphere. The world saw one of the coolest, most fun ways to protest for a national cause.
“Happiest Depressed People You’ll Ever Meet” #LebanonProtests #LebaneseRevolution pic.twitter.com/gL4Hw7XoQF— Roy Spiridon (@royspiridon) October 22, 2019
Techno, lighting, fire show. The revolution is LIT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/HTxlX3LBav— Timour Azhari (@timourazhari) October 21, 2019
Looks like the one song that united this entire country was ‘Baby Shark’.
After dabke, weddings, man in a pool, #LebanonProtests have now turned to singing the infamous baby shark song. #لبنان__ينتفض #لبنان_يثور pic.twitter.com/O0gZ2FvGjz— Mohamed Hemish (@MohamedHemish) October 20, 2019
Some people celebrated their birthday with all their countrymen, what a sight.
The Revolution Will Be Re-Televised, Celebrating Birthday🎂 In The Middle Of The Revolution 🥁🎼🇱🇧🎹🎺🇱🇧🎸#LebanonProtests #LebaneseRevolution pic.twitter.com/rMnilxpiUB— Ar Raqqah (@pistolgu) October 22, 2019
Some people were dancing the traditional dance of Lebanon, ‘dabke’ during the protests.
#ثورة_الفرح ❤️❤️ #لبنان_ينتفض pic.twitter.com/ZQJCyv5I48— الثورة اللبنانية (@lebaneserevol) October 19, 2019
Some people put a unique twist to their relationship statuses.
Propose to me in the midst of a revolution so I know it’s real 🥰 https://t.co/joJGJq5RAa— زينب❣ (@zayfayad) October 18, 2019
Brides take part in Lebanon protests pic.twitter.com/hQflQ7H4zO— Rana Harbi (@RanaHarbi) October 19, 2019
After Sunday’s protests, some demonstrators even volunteered to clean up the mess that was made.
Protesters cleaning the streets #LebanonProtests #LebanonUprising pic.twitter.com/wfol16O4NA— Fadi Antoun (@fadiantounn) October 20, 2019
There was the also an incident where protesters gathered to play ‘Baby Shark‘ for a scared child who was passing through the protests along with his mother.
Protesters were blocking the road a mum told them she wanted to pass because her baby was afraid.— Rachel R. (@RachelleRashid) October 19, 2019
This is what they did 😂
Our people are the best!#Lebanon #ThatsHowWeProtest pic.twitter.com/CI7NX545dq
Apparently, a big crowd was playing remixes of popular Arabic break-up songs, signifying their desire to break up with their current government.
A DJ was also playing to a huge crowd of people in Tripoli, turning these protests into a raging revolution.
You have to watch this , protesters in Tripoli turning the demonstration into a big party with a DJ and singing a song that goes “ Yala Bye” as in “ Come on leave “ referring to the politicians #Lebanon #LebanonUprising pic.twitter.com/OK1lAz3Ym5— Dalal Mawadدلال معوض (@dalalmawad) October 19, 2019
The environment soon became extremely jovial and engaging, and a true sense of Lebanese community emerged.
This has set a benchmark for the rest of the world–how to protest and march for what is important to the citizens without resorting to violence or destruction. Even in the face of adversity, Lebanon set an example for what a a protest could look like.