Yes, more on this critical topic.
Last Sunday, a festival happened on the Dalieh, a festival to reclaim the space!
and the press covered the event:
Just as Habib Battah reminded us, the struggle is not just for our right to access the sea, our right to access the Raouche, our right to have a sea-view — our rights as citizens, and the struggle is not just for the livelihoods of the fishermen; the struggle is also to protect our marine life, to protect the sea, to protect the other animals.
Habib Battah wrote an excellent photographic piece entitled: the ‘Caves and Pools of Daleih: Endangered?” Check it out.
And the struggle continues. Imagine with the government wants to do. See the picture below.
Access to the Raouche would be blocked: even visual access would be blocked. Imagine going to Beirut and not being to see the Raouche!
So what to do? The mood among many is to give up. To accept a fatalistic approach. To relinquish the fight from the start because we can’t win. Well – just as architect and activist Abir Sarsouk exclaims below, “People say there is no hope. There is hope. The problem is people don’t demand their rights. When we demand our right to the city we can regain it.” ( Check out this interview on New TV)
Remember: The streets of the city are not for anyone, the streets of the city are for all the people. The corniche is not for anyone, the corniche is for all the people. We are the people!