Demolition machines work to tear down the former Laziza brewery in Beirut's Mar Mikhael on Oct. 11, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The demolition of the Grand Brasserie du Levant brewery has entered its final phases, leaving its plot at the edge of Beirut's Mar Mikhael a haze of dust and rubble.Concerned about gentrification of the neighborhood and particularly the destruction of the Middle East's oldest brewery, members of civil society group Beirut Madinati, started a campaign entitled "Save Mar Mikhael from Mega Projects" in March.Although the demolition of the building ground to a halt in April, Beirut Madinati member Ghassan Salame said that it had resumed on a daily basis over the last few months.According to Salame, the demolition was put on hiatus in April following protests from residents living in an old building nearby. On site, Ali pointed to a vacant building on the western side of the former brewery and noted that the residents had been relocated to a place nearby.
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