Humour is providing necessary relief during long protest hours outdoors [Bilal Hussein/AP]

Beirut, Lebanon – “Comedy has always been a tool in revolutions and revolutionary thought,” Milo Charafeddine said, as she sat blocking a main Beirut road along with hundreds of other Lebanese.

“The first example that comes to mind is Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times and the way he would ridicule Hitler,” the 22-year-old architecture graduate said on Sunday evening. “It’s a way for us to either relate to something, or deal with really intense things in a more human way.”

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Like thousands of Lebanese, Charafeddine has spent most of her waking hours over the past 11 days on the streets, demanding the government resign and politicians are held accountable for decades

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