Lebanese protesters sing Baby Shark to a toddler after his mother tells them he is scared when their car gets trapped by the crowds
- Eliane Jabbour was driving in Beirut when the protesters surrounded her car
- She told the demonstrators her 15-month-old son was with her and was scared
- Song Baby Shark has become a popular anthem for toddlers around the globe
- The protests in Lebanon started last Thursday and are now in their sixth day
This is the feelgood moment a group of Lebanese demonstrators started singing Baby Shark – complete with all the actions – to cheer up a scared toddler.
Eliane Jabbour was driving through Baabda District, just south of Beirut, when a crowd of cheering men approached her vehicle.
As her 15-month-old Robin was with her, Mrs Jabbour asked the group of anti-government demonstrators not to be too loud.
While driving south of Beirut, Eliane Jabbour and her son were surrounded by protesters
When Mrs Jabbour told demonstrators her son was scared, they started singing and dancing
At that point, they started singing Baby Shark, a nursery dance song about a family of sharks that has become an anthem for toddlers around the world.
‘It was spontaneous,’ Mrs Jabbour told CNN.
‘He likes this song. He hears it many times at home and laughs.’
The video, shared by the woman on Facebook, spread so quickly around Lebanon that Mrs Jabbour’s husband saw it even before she could tell him about it.
Baby Robin looked at the men who got closer, trying to entertain him and make him laugh
Footage shows the baby sitting in the passenger seat and looking around as the men start singing and dancing the popular song.
The men look happy and excited as they try to entertain the toddler.
Internet users shared and commented the video.
Mona Bassil Machoulian wrote: ‘My favourite video about the protest as of yet. And now I can’t get the song out of my head. Cheers to baby Robin!’
The video of the protesters singing became so popular in Lebanon that Mrs Jabbour’s husband saw it even before she could tell him about it
Roula F. Barrak Hanna commented: ‘At least when your son grows up, he will know someone fought for his rights and did him animation along the way. We are the best people on earth.’
The mother said the video of protesters singing to her son represents the reality for children in Lebanon.
‘Kids in Lebanon should have a better future,’ she said.
‘Robin will see the video when he grows up and know that Lebanese guys were fighting for him.
Anti-government protests in Lebanon began last Thursday and are now in their sixth day
Demonstrations in Lebanon began last Thursday after the government announced proposed new taxes on residents.
The country’s debt has stalled the economic growth and has prevented many citizens from accessing basic services.
Pressure from protesters pushed the government to drop the measures yesterday, cut officials’ salaries and approve a 2020 budget, but the demonstrations continued to grow.
Even though the government dropped the proposed new taxes on residents yesterday, the demonstrations continued to grow
This demonstration has now become the largest protest Lebanon has seen in 15 years
Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri refused to resign despite protests.
Today, on the sixth day of demonstrations, Lebanese protesters have set up barricades in the streets around their central rallying point in Beirut.
This has now become the largest protest Lebanon has seen in 15 years.