Yesterday people of conscience protested in the Downtown district of Beirut, near the government and the parliament. I was there to take pictures and videos but to also manifest my frustration and anger over the matter.
Downtown not only hosts the useless government, but it is also the symbol of Solidere, a company that renovated the district and destroyed its heritage. Solidere and Sukleen, the company that manages the garbage of Lebanon, are, let’s say, cousin companies managed by political businessmen. That’s what happens when you mix politics and personal interests.
Naameh landfill have been legitimately and lawfully closed by protesters theJuly 17th, the contract with Sukleen were expired but the government of Lebanon didn’t find any alternative before the deadline (or forgot to search for one over other political matters).. The government did decide on something last Thursday, in the midst of the crisis, they decided to postpone the decision over the matter to next Tuesday (great job people).
Finding another landfill won’t solve the issue, though many think it’s the problem. Nobody wants a dangerous landfill near their towns and villages, and the so-called solutions have already angered the people affected to it.
A solution have already been submitted to the government by a group of green activists 1 year and a half ago. Let Paul Abi Rached, president of T.E.R.R.E Liban environment NGO explains it to you. (Video in Arabic)
Here’s the little montage of the protest I’ve made and the pictures I’ve taken.