Horsh Beirut is the largest green space in Beirut. It is a public property and belongs to ALL of us. Yet, it has been closed to the public for more than twenty years, and only a few people are granted access to it.
After completing the renovation of Horsh Beirut ten years ago, the Municipality of Beirut has not yet opened it to the public, and has never provided a legitimate or acceptable reason for this decision. A coalition of 20 NGOs are going to take over 12 spots in Beirut, to demand a clear decision from the municipality of Beirut to open Horsh Beirut, and to provide us with a date for its opening, keeping in mind that we gave them a full study on how it can be protected from. Our inalienable right to public spaces means we all have the right to access it, without exception.
We Will Not stop campaigning for our right to public spaces in Beirut. Having access to public green spaces is essential, especially in crowded and polluted cities like Beirut. It is a basic social and public health need, and provides an essential space for interaction among citizens who are usually divided by political and sectarian divides.