Protests of the Poor in Egypt: Causes and Implications

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil al-Anani

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On September 20th, a series of anti-government demonstrations broke out in a number of Egyptian governorates and villages protesting the social and economic conditions of the country. These demonstrations coincided with the first anniversary of the protests called for by Egyptian contractor and businessman Mohammed Ali in September 2019. Starting in the villages of the Giza governorate, the protests moved on to governorates in Upper Egypt such as Asyut, Sohag, Qena, Minya, Beni Souef, Fayoum, Aswan, and Luxor. Despite the state of severe repression and political crackdown that has mired the country since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi came to power, protesters in these provinces nevertheless took to the streets to demand the resignation of Sisi.

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