WATCH Lebanon protesters sing ‘Baby Shark' to frightened child amid heated protests sparked by tax hikes (PHOTOS)
Added 10-21-19 11:37:02pm EST - “Amid days of passionate protests in Lebanon over new taxes, demonstrators took a short break from shouting anti-government slogans to serenade a scared child, breaking into an impromptu rendition of "Baby Shark."” - Rt.com
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As thousands took to the streets of Beirut last weekend to demand a repeal to the tax hikes, the commotion was a bit too much for one young bystander, 15-month-old Robin Jabbour, who was with his mother when a crowd of protesters approached her car.
“I have a baby, don’t be too loud,” his mother pleaded with the group of several dozen protesters, according to CNN, but realizing a little boy was in the car, the men instead erupted into song, clapping and chanting the words to the children’s song, now known virtually worldwide.
The incident has turned the whimsical tune into something of a mock anthem for the protests, with videos posted on social media showing demonstrators singing together en masse.
Only Lebanese people would sing Baby Shark during a protest ????❤️???????? #لبنان_ينتفضpic.twitter.com/TbxWqg81qQ
The public display of discontent kicked off following proposals to raise taxes on the use of internet calling services such as WhatsApp, and to increase the country’s value added tax (VAT) from 11 to 15 percent. Though the demonstrations initially focused on the new fees – garnering it the title of “Tax Intifada” in media reports – they soon broadened to more general complaints about government corruption and mismanagement.
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