LIVE: Protesters flood the streets of Beirut

Ruptly is live as protesters flood the streets of central Beirut on Friday, October 18, as they call for Lebanon’s political elite to resign.

On Thursday, protests erupted suddenly all across Lebanon after the government announced a plan to charge 20 cents a day for calls via voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) programs, such as FaceTime and WhatsApp. The announcement came as the country has been struggling for years to improve its dire economic situation.

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