“Together to Reopen Horsh Beirut”. Who Disagrees?
A campaign or "Picnic festival", to demand the reopening of Horsh Beirut, to the public was launched on June, 17, in thirteen locations around Beirut. NGOs representatives blamed Head of Beirut Municipality Bilal Hamad for delaying its reopening.The largest green space and public property which occupies a surface of 250,000 m2, has been closed to the public for more than twenty years, and only a few people are granted access to it.
According to organizers, after completing the renovation of Horsh Beirut ten years ago, the Municipality of Beirut has not yet opened it to the public, and has never provided a legitimate or acceptable reason for this decision.
Some people, however, defend the Municipality’s decision arguing that the reopening would put this green pace at risk of fire, or some other behaviors that are able to destroy its beauty. The campaign's slogan was "Together to reopen Horsh Beirut".
Organizers stressed that in crowded and polluted cities like Beirut, having access to public green spaces remains crucial. “It is a basic social and public health need, and provides an essential space for interaction among citizens, they said.
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