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Thu 24 Apr 2014 12:52 PM

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Abu Dhabi launches crackdown on graffiti

Municipality said the practice is “distorting the walls of public and private buildings”

Abu Dhabi launches crackdown on graffiti
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Abu Dhabi has launched a crackdown on graffiti which the municipality said was "distorting the walls of public and private buildings".

The state-owned WAM news agency said the Community Service Division was aiming to combat the graffiti phenomenon, which was defacing public facilities and buildings, schools, government institutions and private homes at A Bahya city on Wednesday April 23.

Abdullah Nasser Al Junaibi, acting executive director of the Municipal Services, said: "This campaign comes in the framework of an integrated plan aimed at ridding our cities and streets from all forms of negative practices that contribute to distorting the civilised public appearance, besides instilling the values of collaboration and cooperation between the community and the Municipality in order to achieve the common objectives of nurturing a healthy and civilised environment, in which we take pride."

This campaign, added Al Junaibi, was aimed at "protecting the civilised appearance of the emirate and he called on all community segments and educational institutions to support the initiative.

He said that before launching the campaign, the municipality had conducted a survey spanning all districts and places affected by these distorting elements at Al Bahya city. "These areas have been divided into districts and inspection and follow-up teams have been set up, while preparations are at hand to launch the campaign for redressing and cleaning up these distorted areas."

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