By: Steve Dellar | 05-13-2018 | News
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Egypt – 21 Arrested At Cairo Protests Against Rise Of Living Costs

Egypt had not witnessed widespread protests against the government in a long time as many fear the authorities’ reprisals.

Still, yesterday saw dozens protesting the Cairo metro fare hikes, where commuters have seen the price of a single ticket go up some threefold in two days, raising fares from two to up to seven Egyptian pounds (11 U.S. cents to 39 cents) depending on the number of stations commuters travel.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The absolutely poorly timed Cairo metro/subway +300% fair increase comes days before the start of Ramadan, while commuters are already going through the financial pinch of a Ramada that&#39;s starting mid month, furthest possible from a payday. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Egypt</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ramy Yaacoub (@RamyYaacoub) <a href="">May 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Public discontent being shown online is very rare, but most Egyptians say the timing of the price rise, threes days before the start of Ramadan means they will have to pay more to see their families and they cannot afford to do so before the next payday.

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At Dar el-Salam station in south Cairo, people shouted: “We will not move, we will not move,” in front of a group of policemen. 21 were arrested.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update from today: There are few protests today and the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cairo</a> Metro is crawling with security in uniform and in civilian clothes.<br>The people of Egypt live in constant fear. They will give up I think. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Soha ElSheikh (@Sohabobby) <a href="">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ever since President Sisi came to power after the overthrowing of the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Mursi in 2013, protests that are not approved by the Interior Ministry can result in immediate arrests.

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The price hike is the second in a year’s time after the government did a similar increase 8 months ago. Egypt tries to implement tough reforms to secure a $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan.


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