The Environment minister’s Facebook status above was posted this afternoon and comes in the wake of weeks of activism, protesting the privatization of Dalieh, the city’s last undeveloped shore. Some have dismissed the activism, arguing that the property developers are too powerful and politically-connected to be stopped. But the Minister’s strong opposition to the fence may create more attention, complicating matters for the developers and lending traction to growing grassroots efforts.
Earlier today, citizens had unfurled protest banners during a major rock climbing event organized by the municipality of Beirut, which has remained silent on the fencing of Dalieh:
Activists say the fencing is both a public hazard and an illegal attempt at barring access to the coastline: