I just received this email:
“The head of Beirut Municipality, Mr. Abdul Munim Aris, wants to transform part of the Sanayeh Park (5,000 meters), and other parks, into car parking. This project has been submitted to the Prime Minister’s office for approval. What disturbed rational is behind taking away even one square meter of the very few ones that make this Ottoman era park a spot where kids can play without endangering their lives?
Join the sit in, Sanayeh Park, this Saturday May 30, 10:00 am.
This is not only about supporting Sanayeh residents but to send a clear signal to officials to rethink their policies. First Sanayeh, then other parks, then?
Sanayeh saw generations of children learning how to drive a bicycle . Where else can you do so in Beirut safely? It is one of the few green lungs in a city of concrete and cars. The 21st century policy of dealing with congested streets is to reduce cars by modernizing and developing public transport and NOT by creating more space for cars at the expense of green lungs.
Mobilize your friends, forward this email to them.
See you in Sanayeh on Saturday,