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Following Car Bomb, Lebanese Citizens Hit Back With #notamartyr Selfie Campaign
January 7, 2014
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On December 27, 16-year-old Mohammed Chaar was killed by a car bomb along with the Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah and at least three others. The attack, and Chaar's death in particular, has led Lebanese citizens around the world to post selfies on Twitter and Facebook featuring signs with the hashtag #notamartyr.

The photos stem from a widely circulated before-and-after image (warning: image is graphic) that paired a selfie Chaar took just before the bombing with a photo of his body afterward. The hashtag, meanwhile, arose from how some Lebanese media characterized Chaar as a martyr after the attack. "I kept thinking to myself this isn't martyrhood, this is murder," 25-year-old blogger Dyala Badran told the BBC.

The protest has also become a method for Lebanese citizens to air general grievances. "We are angry, sad, and frustrated with the current situation in our country," says the campaign's Facebook page, which as of this writing has over 6,000 followers. "But we are not hopeless."

The bomb that killed Chaar is one of six attacks that have rocked Lebanon in the past five months, reports Al Jazeera. Political violence has accelerated between Lebanon's Sunnis and Shiites since the start of the Syrian Civil War over two years ago.

Via BBC News

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