Nahr al-Kalb is a historic site in Keserwan that contains a lot of important religious iconography and historical memorials. The Free Patriotic Movement, with the approval of former Minister of Culture Ghattas Khoury, is currently building a major headquarters in the area.
On the morning of February 23rd, dozens of protesters decided to march to the construction site and condemn the FPM for destroying an important part of Lebanese heritage for political gain. The protesters believe that the project has also negative environmental consequences.
They slammed the opposition to the construction of their headquarters as being politicized and that it was a “systematic campaign targeting [the FPM],” according to a statement by their media committee.
They also denied that the project had any negative impact on the environment or that it will “infringe any archaeological, environmental, natural, or historical sites.”
However, in 2003, the GDA had declared the area a “non-buildable zone” and declined to give the party a permit when the project was first proposed to the Higher Council for Urban Planning 2 years ago.
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