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AUG. 4 ANNIVERSARY

Details of march to commemorate port blast anniversary announced

Details of march to commemorate port blast anniversary announced

A diagram detailing the route of the march to commemorate the two years of the August 4 explosion, shared by collectives on social networks. (Credit: Shared on @4AugLebanon's Twitter account)

BEIRUT — A march organized by a group including families of the victims, rights groups and activists will take place Thursday to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Aug. 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion.

Here’s what we know:

    • The march will start at Beirut Justice Palace at 3 p.m. on Thursday, then pass by the French Embassy and Samir Kassir Square before ending at the Statue of the Emigrant at 5 p.m., overlooking the Beirut port, Paul Najjar, whose daughter was killed in the blast, explained in a media briefing Tuesday.


    • According to a post shared on social media platforms, two other marches are organized: one will start from the premises of Annahar Newspaper at 4 p.m. near Downtown’s Martyr’s Square, and the other from the Beirut Fire Station located in Karantina, also at 4 p.m. All the marches will converge on the statue of the Emigrant in front of the port and will meet there at 5 p.m.

  • As the two-year anniversary approaches, part of the port’s gain silos, which were heavily damaged in the explosion, and which the families of the blast victims want preserved as a “witness” to the tragedy, collapsed Sunday evening. Meanwhile, an investigation into the causes of the deadly explosion continues to be stalled amid repeated challenges and roadblocks by politicians allegedly implicated in the probe.

   • The victims’ families have invited people to participate in the march Thursday, adding, the Lebanese authorities “will not erase our collective memory and your crimes will not pass.”



BEIRUT — A march organized by a group including families of the victims, rights groups and activists will take place Thursday to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Aug. 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Here’s what we know:     • The march will start at Beirut Justice Palace at 3 p.m. on Thursday, then pass by the French Embassy and Samir Kassir Square before ending at the...