Protesters decry Cairo price hikes

Aug 27

The rally’s organizers said the demonstration was aimed at highlighting what they called Cairo’s failures in running the country.

The government, which has recently received complaints over severe shortages in essential services such as water, electricity, health care and education, argues that the price hikes reflect shifts in international markets.

“We have started a campaign on the high prices before Ramadan, and we agreed that if the prices never changed and linked to the income, we will organize demonstrations,” Reuters quoted Mohammed Awaad, one of the organizer as saying.

The United Nations says one-fifth of the country’s 80-million population is living on less than one dollar per day.

Earlier this month, riot police clashed with protesters who were demanding an end to the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

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