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Jumblatt calls for action on endangered heritage sites
A bulldozer demolishes Amin Maalouf building on Thursday Jan. 3, 2013.
A bulldozer demolishes Amin Maalouf building on Thursday Jan. 3, 2013.
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BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt called Tuesday for action on endangered heritage sites in the country, a statement from his press office said.

“Beirut municipality, the budget of which exceeds $500 million, should consider buying the remaining heritage buildings in the capital,” said Jumblatt.

His comments come after a historic building in which the family of famous Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf lived for almost five decades was demolished last week.

Jumblatt also slammed the municipality for taking the Lebanese citizens’ minds lightly, and Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun, accusing him of providing a cover to the demolition.

“After destroying dozens of heritage sites in Beirut and Tripoli and other areas, the turn of Amin Maalouf building has came while the municipality keeps on taking the minds of Lebanese lightly and the culture minister covers up the destruction,” said Jumblatt.

The PSP leader said relevant officials should take firm positions to end this “construction slaughter” and “ongoing political farce” which is no longer acceptable to keep silent about.

After the demolition of the Medawar Building in Beirut’s Badaro neighborhood Thursday, Layyoun claimed Monday that the Maalouf family gave him their consent for the demolition of the site.

However, a source from the family told The Daily Star earlier that the family never gave Layyoun any consent to demolish the building.

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