Activists in Baalbeck hold signs showing how the restoration process is damaging heritage sites, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Residents and activists Friday gathered at the steps of the Temple of Bacchus in the eastern city of Baalbeck to protest poor restoration of the heritage site.Baalbeck Gov. Bachir Khodr spoke to local press in response to civil society's protests, condemning the damage to the ancient Temple of Bacchus complex that dates from the second or early third century. The local demonstrators held photos showing visible physical damage to the ancient Roman temples, specifically the temples of Bacchus and Venus, as well as structures on the pathway to the Temple of Jupiter.Throughout her speech, Rifai listed four demands agreed on by local activists and civil society members. Activists called on officials to publicize the legal contract for the maintenance work in an effort to ascertain the exact methods of restoration that had caused damage.
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