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FJP calls for 'cleanup day' Saturday in answer to civil disobedience calls

Muslim Brotherhood's FJP calls on Egyptians to beautify capital Saturday instead of answering revolutionaries' appeals for civil disobedience campaign

Ahram Online, Thursday 9 Feb 2012
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In response to calls by revolutionary groups for a civil disobedience campaign on Saturday, the North Cairo office of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – along with FJP MPs Hazem Farouk and Reda Fahmy – has announced that Saturday would be a "cleanup day" across the capital.

The initiative, which calls for citizen-volunteers to clean up streets and public squares, will be done in cooperation with neighbourhood leaders in the Rod Al-Farag, Shubra and Sahel areas of Cairo.

The FJP has urged those planning to take part in the planned civil disobedience campaign to appeal instead to "reason, wisdom and logic," stressing that the public interest should trump narrower, factional considerations. Party officials also called on would-be protesters to reject what they described as "destructive appeals."

The FJP went on to affirms the citizen's right to protest as enshrined in Egypt's constitution, but stressed that such protests must be staged in a "peaceful and civilised manner." The party also drew a distinction between "those condoning vandalism and sabotage" and "patriotic protesters," to whom destructive acts were unacceptable.

Revolutionary groups have called on Egyptians to register their opposition to military rule by refraining from paying their taxes and utility bills and by participating in a general strike scheduled for Saturday. They demand the immediate handover of power from Egypt's ruling military council, which has governed the country since last year's revolution, to a civil administration.

Egypt's Revolution Alliance, an umbrella group consisting of over 50 political parties and movements, is among those scheduled to participate in the planned civil disobedience campaign. 

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