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22 May 2024

Do protestors have the stomach to continue?

Rafat Khalaf from Kafr El Sheikh

By Rafat Khalaf from Kafr El Sheikh

As citizens of Kafr El Sheikh woke up to the seventh day of the protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his National Democratic Party, the question that rumbled across homes was: do we have the stomach to continue like this?

As conspiracy theories flew thick and fast across sparse breakfast tables, residents worried that food costs were now going to go beyond the affordable; by Egyptian standards, already inflated, that would be exorbitant.

This morning, the cost of bread had already doubled. Huge lines were seen in front of the stores that had dared to open. Shop-keepers were charging what they wanted as they looked at cashing in on the few hours of relative peace before protests began again.

Travelling across the city was also now beginning to become impossible. Various local militias had set up roadblocks and were charging cars to pass through.

Only one petrol station – owned by the army – was open.

Banks are shut and schools are shut. Internet is also down.

The protestors seemed determined to continue even today.

But, how long will it be affordable for the common man to protest?

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