Lebanon’s anti-government protesters sang ‘Baby Shark’ to a toddler when his mother said he is scared of their shouts. The video has gone viral on the internet, attracting the admiration and support of millions of viewers across the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Protesters in Lebanon sing ‘Baby Shark’ to a scared toddler.
  • The video of the incident has gone viral attracting admiration.
  • The mother of the child says the video represents the reality of children in Lebanon.
  • The anti-government protests are underway in Lebanon against the new economic policies and taxes levied by the government. 

Video represents reality of children in Lebanon.

Elaine Jabbour, the mother of 15-month-old Robin was driving with her son through Babadda District, south of Beirut. She encountered a crowd of anti-government protestors who approached her car. Jabbour asked the group to not be loud as her child was scared of all their jeers. Hearing this, the protestors began singing ‘Baby Shark’ to the toddler to lighten the moment and amuse the child.

Elaine Jabbour, the mother of 15-month-old Robin was driving with her son through Babadda District, south of Beirut. She encountered a crowd of anti-government protestors who approached her car.

Jabbour told CNN about the incident, “It was spontaneous. He likes this song. He hears it many times at home and laughs.” The video of the incident went viral so soon that Jabbour’s husband saw it even before she could tell him herself. It was graceful how the crowd halted their protest against the government and sang to make the toddler laugh. Jabbour told CNN that the video shows the reality of children in Lebanon. It shows that kids need to have a better future. She further said, “Robin will see the video when he grows up and know that Lebanese guys were fighting for him.”

The protest in Lebanon:

The protest against the economic policies in Lebanon started on Thursday when the government announced new taxes on the residents. It also announced a 20-cent charge per day for voice-over-Internet protocol. The country is burdened with huge debt, the brunt of which is being born by the citizens. The increased taxes are said to be preventing citizens from accessing the basic necessities.

The protest against the economic policies in Lebanon started on Thursday when the government announced new taxes on the residents.

The protests pushed the government to drop the proposals, reduce officials’ salaries and approve the 2020 budget that preserved billions of dollars for international donations. However, the outrage only seems to be growing stronger, thus becoming the largest protest in the country in the last 15 years. The protest is also calling out the sectarian government of Lebanon accusing it of putting power in the hands of the political and business elite. The President of Lebanon Saad al-Hariri has refused to resign despite all the pressure and opposition coming his way.

Picture Credit: CNN

Rudrani Kumari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.

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