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As food prices soar, Egyptians asked to go hungry in protest

The head of Egypt's Consumer Protection Agency has called on citizens to refrain from buying basic commodities for one day in an effort to drive prices down in a boycott that analysts say will be far too short to work.
A man asks for price of subsidized food in a popular market at Abbdien square in Cairo, Egypt October 20, 2016. Picture taken October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX2RQ2N
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CAIRO — “A day without buying,” a bizarre campaign launched by Egypt’s state-run Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) on Nov. 16, is a rebuke to traders after the state failed to rein in runaway inflation caused by the floating of the Egyptian pound and price manipulation by retailers withholding basic goods from the market.

CPA head Gen. Atif Yaacoub said in a Nov. 12 statement to Al-Hayat TV that the first protest, set for Dec. 1, would be a total boycott of all products, not just basic goods.

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