Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
On Tuesday March 7, protests broke out across Egypt in response to a rumored proposal from Egypt’s supply minister, Ali Meselhi, a Mubarak-era figure that was appointed in a cabinet reshuffle this February. Meselhi’s proposal would have effectively reduced daily subsidized bread loaves per recipient from five to three for Egyptians holding paper subsidy cards (which allow them to live in one governorate but work and purchase bread in another), as well as reduced the amount of subsidized wheat that some bakery owners could receive.
Demonstrations began in Alexandria and spread throughout the country to Giza, Kafr al-Sheikh, Minya, and Assiut, among other areas. Demonstrators in Giza clashed with police and blocked roads, others blocked rail lines, and many in Alexandria gathered in front of the Ministry of Supply office. Demonstrations in Asafra, Alexandria, were dispersed by special forces….
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