Top 10 Lebanon protest videos

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Protesters are out on the streets again in Lebanon, demonstrating against the new government formed under Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

Hundreds were injured in clashes with security forces in recent days, as the country remains mired by deteriorating economic conditions, a worsening dollar shortage, and political deadlock.

Demonstrations began on October 17, 2019, after the government announced they would begin taxing WhatsApp. The tax was quickly repealed, but the protests evolved into a cross-sectarian call for a new government comprised of technocrats.

The protesters have largely rejected Diab’s new government, announced on Tuesday, and used myriad tactics to block roads, including moving furniture into the streets and holding yoga sessions in key intersections near downtown Beirut.

The first 90 days of the protests remained largely peaceful, with Lebanese attempting to form a human chain along the coast from north to south and a DJ in the northern city Tripoli performing for large crowds in the city center.

However, there have been tense moments between protesters and security forces, with the latter using force to clear roads. Thugs from the Shia Amal movement and Iranian-backed Hezbollah have also clashed with protesters across the country.

On the weekend, the protests took a dramatic turn, resulting in nearly 400 injured, scores detained, and a marked shift in the mood in Beirut.

Here are Al Arabiya English’s top 10 viral videos from the protests:

1. “Kick Queen”

On the first night of protests, Malak Alaywe, dubbed the “kick queen” hits an armed ministerial guard in the groin. The video goes viral overnight, and an illustration of the kick becomes an icon of the protests.