Fishermen protest in Burj Hammoud, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A group of fishermen and environmental activists Thursday blocked the road adjacent to the old Burj Hammoud harbor to stop access to a nearby dump, which they claim is causing an "environmental catastrophe". The Burj Hammoud landfill – operated by Khoury Contracting and commissioned by the government's Council for Development and Reconstruction – is one of many dump sites that mushroomed in the country following the closure of the Naameh landfill in 2015 .Since the dump opened, fishermen claim they have been unable to make a living. Supported by a group of activists from the environmental NGO Lebanese Eco Movement and the You Stink movement, the fishermen used a car, a boat and tires at 9 a.m. to blockade a road next to the harbor that the company is using as a shortcut instead of the sea road. Before it was reached, the fishermen – under the guidance of the Lebanese Eco Movement – drafted a list of demands. They agreed to open the road again if the list was received by Burj Hammoud Mayor Mardig Boghossian.
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