In Cairo. protestors have staged a protest against the current Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The demand for his resignation has been growing after allegations of corruption and the lavish spending of his family came into light.
According to a report in Al Jazeera, the police had detained around 2000 people for protesting against the government. Many leading Egyptian intellectuals have also been detained.
Egypt has been under rising economic pressure since the middle-class and the working class have been most vulnerable to the voes.
President Sisi came into power after leading a successful coup against Mohemed Morsi in 2013 and had led the Muslim Brotherhood leadership to go underground. The coup also led to the suspension of the Egyptian Constitution of 2012. The Constitution was enacted after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak who had been the leader of Egypt for three decades.
As per the report in al Jazeera, economic measures taken by al-Sisi has been unable to curb the poverty level in the country. Instead, it led to an increase in the poverty level from 27.8 per cent to 32.5 per cent.
Dissent in the country has also seen a threat during the rule of President Sisi. Since the overthrow of Mohemed Morsi, his party has been targetted by the government forces. Given how the protest in Egypt had led to Mubarak stepping down were triggered by social media, concerns have been there for the current government to see any content which might trigger another series of protest against it.
The policy regarding the control of dissent has led many people to criticize the government and its overall performance. With al-Sisi in power, the approach to deal with issues has not been welcomed by the public with many celebrities coming out against the government.
(Inputs from Agencies)