Riot police crack down Egyptians protesting austerity across country

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Egyptian police quashed a number of small protests across the country on Friday and arrested dozens of protesters as calls for an uprising against the rising prices largely went unheeded.
Police rounded up at least 130 protesters across the country, a security official said, according to The New Arab.

In Cairo, where police had deployed in force in anticipation of protests, 39 alleged demonstrators were arrested, it added.

The New Arab indicated that police also quickly scattered several dozen protesters who assembled in the port city of Suez.

There had been calls on social media for protests on Friday against rising prices and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,site. reported the UK-based news web

Unlicensed protests had been banned in Egypt after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and cracked down on his followers, it went on.

Activists have called for nationwide protests Friday, dubbing it the “revolution of the poor.”

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