The protesters gathered in front of the Mar Abda Church in Jal al-Dib Square as Cabinet held a meeting in Baabda Palace last week.

The Jal al-Dib bridge, built after the start of the Civil War in 1975, was dismantled in 2012 after many officials warned it was at great risk of collapsing. This was disputed by a number of engineers.

The bridge was dismantled before alternative plans for it were proposed, compelling many of the town’s residents to hold weekly protests.

Though a tunnel project was given the green light from the Cabinet, no deadlines or funding structures were set.