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41 Powerful Messages From A Selfie Protest In Lebanon

Hundreds participated in Lebanon’s #notamartyr selfie protest after a teenager’s photo, taken moments before he was killed in a car bomb in Beirut, went viral.

This before-and-after photo of 16-year-old Mohammad Chaar (in the red hoodie) was widely shared after the teenager was among at least six people killed in a car bombing in Beirut on Dec. 27, 2013.


Dana Tamim

@TamimDana

3 are fine and out of the hospital except “Mohammad Shaar” Pray for him please :(:(
#Lebanon #Beirut #friends

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The teen’s death prompted a selfie protest in Lebanon with hundreds posting simple yet powerful messages about what they wanted from their country using the hashtag #notamartyr across Facebook and Twitter.

1.

it’s noor with an o

@noortannir

Post a selfie for 2014 stating a resolution regarding reclaiming Lebanon. We are victims, not martyrs. #notamartyr

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2.

Nabil Narch

@NabilNarch

#notamartyr #SadLebanon

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13.

#NotAMartyr

— McLovin (@DaveMustaln)

McLovin

@DaveMustaln

#NotAMartyr

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14.

Stop the hate for a better tomorrow #NotAMartyr

— Mazen ⛄ (@MazenAAsmar)

Mazen ⛄

@MazenAAsmar

Stop the hate for a better tomorrow #NotAMartyr

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15.

I want the right to take my mom's nationality #notamartyr https://t.co/G0i9ixS8Vu

— Laura Halteh (@LauraHalteh)

Laura Halteh

@LauraHalteh

I want the right to take my mom’s nationality #notamartyr https://t.co/G0i9ixS8Vu

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17.

"My family is stronger than the polity, should I laugh or cry? The Mekdad dilemma. #NotAMartyr" #Liban

— Rami Abou Diab (@AbouDiable)

Rami Abou Diab

@AbouDiable

“My family is stronger than the polity, should I laugh or cry? The Mekdad dilemma. #NotAMartyr” #Liban

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19.

I want criminals to be held ACCOUNTABLE #notamartyr

— Lea Baroudi (@leabaroudi)

Lea Baroudi

@leabaroudi

I want criminals to be held ACCOUNTABLE #notamartyr

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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