Policemen try to separate We Want Accountability activists from workers with batons at the site in Ramlet al-Baida in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Protesters and police clashed Tuesday night after a demonstration against the construction of a resort on Ramlet al-Baida, despite a pledge by Beirut's governor that the public beach would remain open.The demonstrators renewed calls for the end to the privatization of the coastline, especially in Ramlet al-Baida, as it is widely seen as the capital's last public beach.Earlier Tuesday, Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib made assurances that the Ramlet al-Baida beach would remain open to the public, days after construction resumed on the coastline sparking protests.Chebib said it was important for the public to know the details of what the activists are protesting about.The Municipality of Beirut addressed the matter in a statement released Tuesday. Chebib reassured the public that the beach would remain open to all and untouched.
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