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With worsening economic conditions, the hungry and repressed populace is beginning to rise up.
 
11/15/2019
 

Egyptians Demand Radical Change

With worsening economic conditions, the hungry and repressed populace is beginning to rise up.

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

Egypt risks repeating the 2011 Arab Spring that brought radical change to the Middle East. Since September 20, riots calling for the resignation of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have spread throughout the country despite government attempts to clamp down on the rebellion.

The protests began when Egyptian businessman and actor Mohammed Ali accused Sisi of corruption in videos posted online. Ali, who is currently living in self-imposed exile in Spain, accused Sisi of spending millions of dollars on luxury palaces and hotels. Sisi dismissed these accusations as “lies and slander,” but the videos quickly went viral and became the spark that ignited the discontent already building in the repressed and impoverished populace.

Sisi rose to power in 2014 with a promise to improve the country’s financial situation after the hardships endured under the previous regime. But government figures show that one third of Egyptians now live below the poverty line, an increase of more than 4 million people since 2015. And the people are not happy.

 
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