Protesters in Lebanon formed a 105-mile human chain across the country in a show of unity after days of violent protest

Lebanese people hold the Lebanese flag as they form a human chain, that stretched out along the coast from the capital Beirut to northern and southern Lebanon, symbolizing national unity.
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Lebanese people hold the Lebanese flag as they form a human chain, that stretched out along the coast from the capital Beirut to northern and southern Lebanon, symbolizing national unity.
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  • Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters joined hands and formed a human chain on Sunday, stretching 170 kilometers (105 miles) from the city of Tripoli in the country’s north to Tyre in the south.
  • The stunt was a display of national unity after fiery anti-government demonstrations broke out across the country earlier this month.
  • On Sunday, the eleventh day of mass protests, protesters blocked roads and brought the country to a standstill, according to Al Jazeera.
  • Drone footage of the event shows scores of people waving flags and cheering across major roads and intersections.
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Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters joined hands and formed a human chain on Sunday, stretching 170 kilometers (105 miles) from the city of Tripoli in the country’s north to Tyre in the south.

The stunt was a display of national unity after fiery demonstrations broke out across the country earlier this month in response to a proposed tax on Whatsapp and other messaging apps.

The country’s capital of Beirut was the epicenter of days of protests, which soon widened to target other issues like government corruption and poor infrastructure. The BBC referred to the anti-government protests as the country’s largest in five years.

An aerial view of the seaside promenade in the capital Beirut.

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An aerial view of the seaside promenade in the capital Beirut.
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Last week, Lebanon’s government approved sweeping reforms in response to the protests. The country’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri told reporters that a 2020 budget had been approved which sought to reduce the country’s national deficit and added no new taxes.

Top officials, including legislators and members of parliament, also had their salaries halved as part of the economic reform package.

On Sunday, the eleventh day of mass protests, protesters blocked roads and brought the country to a standstill, according to Al Jazeera.

Lebanese protesters on Zalka highway north of Lebanon's capital Beirut.

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Lebanese protesters on Zalka highway north of Lebanon’s capital Beirut.
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Drone footage of the event shows scores of people waving flags and cheering across major roads and intersections.

“All the Lebanese people are together on this day and you’re going to see how united we are for this cause,” a protester who participated in the chain told Al Jazeera.

Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli.

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Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli.
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Other protesters called for complete political reform.

“We want all of them to resign and end the corruption in this country,” a protester told Al Jazeera. “It’s enough.”

The southern Lebanese port city of Sidon.

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The southern Lebanese port city of Sidon.
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According to the Guardian, protesters gathered by foot, on bicycle, or on motorbikes to participate in the human chain.

The stunt follows clashes between soldiers and protesters on Saturday, in which six people were injured in the northern port city of Tripoli after soldiers opened fire on protesters blocking main roads.