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October 5, 2022

Egypt activists begin Tunisia-inspired day of revolt

CAIRO – Anti-government protests have broken out in Egypt after an internet campaign inspired by recent political upheaval in Tunisia, BBC News reported. Hundreds of protesters were marching through Cairo chanting anti-government slogans, after activists called for a “day of revolt” in a web message. Riot police have been deployed but so far no clashes have been reported.

Weeks of unrest in Tunisia eventually toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia earlier this month. Protests are rare in Egypt, which President Hosni Mubarak has ruled since 1981, tolerating little dissent. The events in Cairo were co-ordinated on a Facebook page – tens of thousands of supporters clicked on the page to say they would take part. Egypt has many of same social and political problems that brought about the unrest in Tunisia – rising food prices, high unemployment and anger at official corruption.

Meanwhile in Tunisia, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the prime minister’s office, continuing a push to force Cabinet members linked to deposed President Ben Ali to leave the government, Voice of America said. The rally in the capital, Tunis, comes a day after police fired tear gas to break up similar anti-government demonstrations at the site. On Monday, Tunisian officials said they are negotiating the formation of a supervisory council to oversee the country’s interim government in an effort to appease the protesters.

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