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Fishermen protest Burj Hammoud landfill

Garbage piles up in Burj Hammoud as the state looks to build new landfills.

BEIRUT: Fishermen held a demonstration Monday near the site of landfill under construction just outside Beirut to denounce its establishment.

Local media said the protest was staged at the Dora sea dock, located near the Burj Hammoud landfill site, located east of the capital.

The fishermen said the establishment of the Burj Hammoud landfill in the Christian area was a conspiracy to displace local residents.

They said that although they would not back down until their demands were met, their protest was a peaceful one.

A lot of controversy has surrounded the construction of the government-mandated Burj Hammoud landfill, with Kataeb Party supporters forcing workers at the site to halt their work on at least three occasions in recent weeks.

Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel recently cautioned against doing in Burj Hammoud what was done at the Naameh landfill, particularly treating only a small portion of the waste.

In March, the government claimed it had resolved the eight-month garbage pile-up on the streets of Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

The infamous Naameh landfill had been reopened for two months to take the decomposing waste that had piled up in the streets.

Trash is now being taken to storage lots in Costa Brava, south of Beirut, and to Burj Hammoud, to the capital's east, where new landfills are being built.

The Kataeb youth have not staged any protests to stop work at the Costa Brava landfill, which is located near Druze and Muslim towns.

In recent months, Kataeb has expressed fears that the Burj Hammoud site would also impact the LINOR Project, which seeks to develop green spaces, gardens and coffee shops for the public between the Beirut Port and Marina Dbayyeh.

 

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