Protests over Reports Historic Beirut School to be Demolished, Moved to Baabda
The educational sector is witnessing an uproar over reports that the Lycée Abdel Kader (LAK) school in Beirut will be moved to Baabda, where it will allegedly replace the Collège des Pères Antonins (CPA) school.
In Beirut’s Batrakiyeh area, LAK students and their families staged a sit-in Wednesday over reports claiming that the school’s historic building will be demolished to be replaced by a “mall.”
CPA students and parents had for their part staged a protest Tuesday after reports said that their school’s building had been sold to LAK’s administration.
The Antonine Maronite Order, which runs CPA, meanwhile denied any intentions to “sell, lease or shut down any school.”
It however confirmed that there are “negotiations” with LAK’s administration.
The Culture Ministry meanwhile issued a statement stressing “the heritage and historic importance” of LAK’s building in Beirut, noting that it has not issued any authorization for its demolition and that it has not received any request in this regard.
Commenting on the reports, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat tweeted: “Stop this criminal commercial project that is aimed at demolishing the Lycée Abdel Kader building and turning it into a mall similar to the ugly malls in Verdun and other areas.”