Sheikh Zayed residents protest 'mountains of trash'

Ahram Online, Saturday 5 Jan 2013

Dismayed by piles of garbage that are even blocking major roads, residents of Sheikh Zayed in Giza, Egypt, plan to protest Sunday

Residents of El-Sheikh Zayed in Giza, Egypt say they will protest on Sunday morning by the Urban Communities Authority (UCA) to object to overwhelming piles of garbage in their neighbourhood.

"The waste on the streets in El-Sheikh Zayed exceeds the amount in other residential areas," claims Ahmed Badawi, one of the city inhabitants.

Residents are protesting the state's failure to fulfill its role as well as corruption within the municipality and the UCA.

Badawi went on to complain to Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website that some roads were blocked in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 16th district by "mountains of waste."

Furthermore, Badawi accuses the El-Sheikh Zayed city authorities of incompetence, saying that residents are forced to get rid of the waste themselves.

"These violations started occurring after the January 25 Revolution because no one was monitoring the situation at that time; however it has drastically increased in the past five months, which has pushed the people to organise protests," added Badawi.

The former deputy head of the UCA, says Badawi, had promised to employ a company to get rid of the waste; however the minister of housing replaced that deputy head two weeks ago.

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