‘We want bread’: subsidy cut sparks protests across Egypt

State-sponsored bread reportedly slashed from 4,000 to 500 loaves per bakery amid cuts intended to revive nation’s economy

Some of Egypt’s major cities have been paralysed by rare protests in response to a cut in bread subsidies.

The country’s ministry of supply reduced the state-sponsored provision of bread of up to 4,000 to 500 loaves per bakery, according to local news reports.

The move is designed to replace an earlier and more controversial proposal to cut the supply from five loaves per person per day to three.

But while the cuts are unlikely to have a dramatic affect on the bread rations of the average citizen, the suggestion struck a nerve among the Egyptian public. In response to the decision, hundreds of Egypt’s poorest citizens filled the streets in the cities of Alexandria and Giza, and the towns of Kafr el-Sheikh and Minya. Roads were blocked and residents surrounded government buildings.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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