The fight for Dalieh, one of Beirut’s last public shores
The poster above features an aerial shot of Dalieh, the little known big brother of the famed Raouche Rocks, just left of it.
The poster reads roughly: “Get your construction site off of our Raouche” and was a produced by a group of architects, urbanists and activists trying to save this space, known as the Civil Campaign to Protect Dalieh.
The rocky Dalieh peninsula has been a public watering hole for decades…
The campaign has released some great vintage photos of people using the space:
On Sunday (tomorrow) at 3PM activists are holding a press conference to discuss their plans to oppose the project. You can join the event page here and show support by showing up. (Stay tuned to the page for upcoming events as well.)
You can also watch a talk by one of the organizers Abir Saksouk-Sasso at AUB this week. She looks at how the property was controversially transformed through various acts of legislation from a protected area to an area for development. And how a company affiliated with former prime minister Hariri has taken control of the space: