Egypt’s latest protests are an alarm bell for Sisi

Source: Atlantic Council

Author(s): Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

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Egypt seems to be getting back to normal after a number of demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that began on September 20. This may be the consequence of the zero-tolerance approach pursued by the government. In over three weeks of protests, local authorities arrested almost 3,000 people, and imposed a curfew in all major Egyptian cities. While limited in numbers, the demonstrators took to the streets to protest the regime and the weakness of the Egyptian political system: increasing corruption, draconian repression, and economic instability. All these factors have created more than a few embarrassments for the powerful elite, which has tightened its already heavy control of dissidents.

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