BEIRUT: Protestors and activists from "Nahnoo", a civil society group aiming to preserve Lebanon's heritage, staged a sit-in Thursday in front of Horsh Beirut to challenge the illegal buildings being erected within the urban park.
Pine trees are being cut down to make way for illegal developments, head of "Nahnoo" Mohammad Ayoub, told those gathered.
"The grading and site preparation are being conducted within the protected 1925 zone," he said.
This area, according to Ayoub, is protected by law where buildings cannot be raised.
"This is an embarrassment when taking into account that Horsh Beirut is one of the capital's lungs," he said, expressing his surprise at the "deforestation taking place when it should be protected."
Ayoub laid the blame at the feet of caretaker Interior Minister Nohad Machnouq "who is not paying attention to what is going on," before praising the Municipality's effort to halt the construction process.
The urban park is also known as Horsh El Snoubar or Bois de Pins; it covers about 300,000 m² of green space within the municipality Beirut.
The activist called on the Security Forces to implement the laws and regulations which govern the state while stressing that Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib has yet to intervene in the matter.
"He commented in a local daily that he didn't issue the permit and he's not aware of what is going on, this is a farce," Ayoub said.
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