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:
FWIW, the link to the status you posted (https://www.facebook.com/mohamad.machnouk/posts/10152189965758927?comment_id=10152190178873927¬if_t=comment_mention) returns a “Page Not Found” error. Has it been removed? Or maybe simply moved? I don’t have a Facebook account to look further.
PS: Anyone noticed that he misspelled “scandElous”? 😉
Yeah it still works for me, not sure if it was “public” before but now it is set to “friends and friends of friends” so I can still see it. Considering the silence of other officials, I think we’ll take his spelling and use of all caps in stride!
On the subject of blocking the coastline, what are the 2 cranes being used for in Antelias? There are 2 yellow cranes that are about 5-stories high, and lots of construction activity on the Antelias seashore, visible form the highway. That used to be the only stretch of the beach without construction, and now it seems it’s gone….