Protesters camping in Bisri Valley, Nov. 18, 2019. (Save the Bisri Valley Facebook page)
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Protesters tore down barriers and a chain-link fence in the Bisri Valley Sunday during a demonstration to oppose the controversial dam project and connect it to the mass uprising across Lebanon that has entered its second month.Activists like Nassour have led a long campaign against the World Bank-funded project, which they say would cause immense harm to the Bisri Valley.Nassour and about a dozen activists have been camped out in the Bisri Valley since the previous weekend, when they got past a barrier at its entrance that had been set up about six months prior.Afterward, the protesters tore down a chain-link barrier that blocked access to the valley's historic Mar Moussa Church, a heritage site that would be removed if the dam project goes forward. Nassour alleged that activists camped out at the valley had faced threats of violence from employees of Khoury Contracting, a firm involved in the project.
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