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Joker jumps from screen to streets of global revolutions

Joker masks — just like V for Vendetta masks 10 years ago — have become common in demonstrations from Lebanon to Iraq, as protesters search for symbols with which they can strike a blow against those in power.

BEIRUT — Bang! Bang! Bang! The man continued to hit the drum and shouted insults at major Lebanese political figures as a massive, tightly packed crowd of hundreds of people surrounded him with one man lighting a flare that created an eerie red glow in the darkness of the night and highlighted the man’s face that was painted white with a large red smile.

He was not the only one leading the crowd, though. He was joined by a couple of other men who, like him, all had their faces painted like the Joker.

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