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Campaign launched for rights of Egyptians struggling in shanty towns

The Socialist Popular Alliance Party launches the public campaign 'Neighbourhoods Only in Name' to fight for the rights of the millions of extremely poor shanty town dwellers of Egypt

Zeinab El Gundy , Tuesday 14 Aug 2012
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The Socialist Popular Alliance Party launches a campaign called "Neighbourhoods Only in Name" on Tuesday in a press conference held at the party's headquarters in downtown Cairo.

The campaign aims to work in shanty towns, extremely poor areas and where people lack services and rights. These neighbourhoods only seem to exist on the social and political radar by an ephemeral name, without any concrete rights to anything, is the spirit of the campaign name.

"The campaign's main focus is Egypt's poor, since we see that nearly 50 per cent of our society lives like the dead" reads the party's statement after the press conference.

The Party added pointedly that the campaign aims to carry the voice of the poor to the section of society that ignores their pains; busy entering into political debates about the constitution, the military junta and the Muslim Brotherhood's rule.

Among the other goals of the campaign is to stress that the social justice dimension of the January 25 Revolution is not less important than the political dimension. They also want to encourage the poor to organise themselves in community councils and other groupings to enable them to fight for their social rights.

The "Neighbourhoods Only in Name" campaign is the latest in a series the Socialist Popular Alliance Party has publicly launched in the past few weeks, such as the "We are Not Paying" campaign in earlier August to abstain from paying electrical bills in objection to the constant power outages and lack of sanitation in crowded, poorer areas.

According to official statistics, 12-15 million Egyptians, out of a population of 85 million, live in squalor conditions.

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