LEBANON: Salafis destroy Tripoli library and its rare manuscripts, protests ensue

We’ve talked about the risk that Salafi groups pose for heritage sites and historical materials. This story, via Agence France-Presse, shows that, as we saw recently in Mali, local populations are taking a stand againt this kind of wanton destruction.

Angry Lebanese protest over attack on priest’s library (via AFP)

Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets of the northern city of Tripoli on Saturday to protest the torching of a decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest. The demonstrators held up banners that read “Tripoli, peaceful town” and “This is…

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