number of young activists headed to the region of Minaa’ al-Hosn where a
port they spent months protecting from demolition was located. Despite
their calls, landlords started digging in order to build high-rise
Activists contacted the Internal Security Forces and
asked them to come to the site and stop what they called “a crime
against the country”. They also forced the contractors to freeze their
works for a short period of time.
The head of “Save Beirut Heritage” association Pascale Ingea voiced her
discontent with what is happening, saying “it is as if Solidere’s massacres
were not enough for the capital”.
For his part, attorney Giorgio
Tarraf of Save Beirut Heritage told the story of how engineers prevented their
access to the works site and did not allow them to check if works were legal.
In this regard, Culture
Minister Gaby Layoun told LBCI that “the ministry removed the property
from the Public Inventory List, which means that it is no longer a site
that should be protected”. Layoun added that the fact that the company in charge
of the works was not informed of this issue confirms that there is a violation.”
The activists decided to hold a protest on Thursday
outside the Culture Ministry building to defend what they insist on
calling a “Phoenician port”.