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How Egyptians are responding to soaring costs

A campaign to lower food prices for Egyptians has good intentions, but economic experts say it will have no lasting impact.
Egyptians gather to buy subsidized sugar from a government truck after a sugar shortage in retail stores across the country in Cairo, Egypt, October 14, 2016. Picture taken October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2Q2A1
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Egyptian consumers are being pushed — perhaps to their breaking point — by the surging US dollar exchange rate, the state’s lifting of energy subsidies and its imposition of a new value-added tax. Many people can no longer meet their needs with their low incomes.

In response, a call has been issued for a popular revolt Nov. 11. This call is known among social media users as Thawret el Ghalaba, which translates to Revolution of the Poor. The movement’s Facebook page, which has attracted more than 100,000 followers, urges the public “to overthrow the corrupt regime and liberate the country from those who have betrayed and humiliated the Egyptian people.”

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