Faculty members and students from the American University of Beirut Monday held a solidarity stand to condemn an attack last week on Roland Nassour in Beirut, June 17, 2019. (The Daily Star/AUB, HO)
This article has been updated to include a statement released by the Council for Development and Reconstruction on Thursday, June 13.
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Faculty members and students from the American University of Beirut Monday held a solidarity stand to condemn an attack last week on Roland Nassour, a graduate student and environmental activist who ardently opposes the controversial Bisri Dam project.The attack allegedly took place last Sunday as Nassour was leading a tour of the valley.It left Nassour bloodied and with a chunk of his ear missing. Having received medical treatment, Nassour filed a suit Friday against those involved in the attack, some of whom he identified, others of whom he said he did not know.Activists like Nassour have long opposed the construction of the Bisri Dam on the basis that it would destroy a large swath of the Bisri Valley, which contains archaeological remains, forested areas and agricultural plains.Nassour said he had not been back in Bisri since the attack.
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