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Chaotic protests erupted in Lebanon after its cash-strapped government tried to launch a 20¢ per day tax on using WhatsApp and Skype

25 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Chaotic protests broke out in Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday just hours after the government tried to impose taxes on messaging services such as WhatsApp, Skype, and Viber.
The information minister announced on Thursday that the government planned to charge people in the country 20¢ per day for using internet calling services, according to local news agency An-Nahar.
Escalating protests forced the telecoms minister to reverse the proposal, but the decision was not enough to calm protesters who continued into the night and are still gathered in the city on Friday.
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How a WhatsApp Tax Launched Massive Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon

How a WhatsApp Tax Launched Massive Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon

25 days ago   |   By Fortune

Thousands of protesters cut off roads and started fires around Lebanon as anger over plans to impose a levy on WhatsApp calls escalated into demands for the government to resign.
Demonstrators carrying Lebanese flags thronged outside government headquarters in downtown Beirut again on Friday, as some of the country's largest protests in years entered a second day. Those taking part are calling on politicians currently debating a proposed austerity budget to step down and hold early elections.
After a night of fury, fires were still burning in some streets strewn with rocks, while new...
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