The controversy returned again to the Egyptian government’s decisions to evacuate informal areas, against the backdrop of the demonstrations that took place in the Alexandria Governor ate, and the ensuing clashes between the police and residents of the Lizbeth El Sid area, the day before yesterday, Friday.
And the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms announced, today, Sunday, that the Public Prosecution decided yesterday evening to detain dozens of residents of Lizbeth El-Said Club for 15 days, after accusing them of “gathering, demonstrating, displaying force, bullying and sabotaging public facilities.”
The residents went out in a demonstration against what they described as “displacement” from the area, which includes about 16 thousand people, and is located on an area of 51 acres, and raised the slogan “Development, not displacement”, while the police forces clashed with the demonstrators in an attempt to break up the demonstration.
For his part, the Governor of Alexandria, Major General Mohamed Al-Sharif, confirmed that no family will be transferred from their housing unit except to a better housing unit, and no one will be harmed by this transfer.
And in remarks published in local newspapers, the governor explained that the people of the fishing club area with great suffering very winter, was presented the problem to the Prime Minister, who decided to transfer the residents of this area for new housing “augurs well”, which is about 3 kilometers from their region.
In March 2020, the governor of Alexandria launched what he said was the “development of the Shooting Club area,” at a cost of about 115 million pounds, and a 12-month implementation period. The governorate said that the slum fund of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers finances the development plan with about 90 million pounds, as part of the development of 7 unplanned areas in the governorate.
In turn, the head of the local administration committee in the House of Representatives, Ahmed al-Sijini , demanded the governor to fulfill the pledges not to harm the people of the area, explaining that the area was neglected for years, and was built unplanned and has a large population mass.
In televised statements, Al-Sigini stressed that the development of the Shooting Club area is a 100% correct development decision, and there is a problem of communication between the implementation authorities and the residents, calling for the need to continue coordination and communication between the two parties to correct false information about development, as he described it.
The intensity of the number of demonstrators and the clash with the police, was reflected in the Egyptian media’s interest in interacting with the issue, especially since last September witnessed demonstrations in villages and the outskirts of Cairo in protest against government decisions to demolish homes in violation of building permits, decisions that the government later eased and retracted from some under pressure. Demonstrations.
The broadcaster, who is close to the security services, Ahmed Moussa, addressed the residents of the area, saying, “The state has taken a decision that no citizen lives in slum areas and lives in blackness. Why do you refuse to move to a better place?”, especially with the spread of sewage water in the streets of the informal area.
For his part, the broadcaster, who is close to the Egyptian authorities, Amr Adib, elaborated on the government’s directions in eliminating slums, pointing out that the crisis of transferring residents from slums and developing them requires patience and understanding of the state’s development.
The broadcaster is close to the Egyptian authorities that the government understands the concerns of the people to become suddenly without a home, he said . ” Hasses anger and pain , and God willing degrade, I know that people are scared, but Egypt did not leave citizens in the street.”
The case revived the controversy among the pioneers of social networking sites about the government’s projects in the development of slums, which were supported by tweets, while others said that they were not against development; But they object to the way the evacuation is done and the details of the projects.
Supporters of the government’s decisions published pictures that they said were of the new housing, which residents of the slums are supposed to be transferred to, stressing that this image is what Egyptians deserve to provide a decent and safe life for them, criticizing the exploitation of some residents’ fears to create political crises.
On the other hand, others demanded transparency and announcing the details of development and the future of the area after development, and the need to give residents appropriate periods of transportation without harming their interests.
Some of them talked about the authorities’ neglect of the livelihoods of many residents in those areas, and that they focus only on providing alternatives to housing; But it neglects to provide job opportunities as well, especially since most of the population is from the poor and destitute classes.