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    Posted July 17, 2014 by
    DrLindaMD
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    Alexandria, Egypt
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    Protest In Alexandria, Egypt

     
    With the recent election of Sisi as the new Egyptian president, a relative calm has ensued. I was recently visiting Egypt and felt secure. However, compared to previous visits, the number of tourists was markedly decreased. Signs of economic hardships were very evident. And, increased police and military forces were visible in the streets.
    Despite the calm, protests still happen. One thing the Egyptians learned from their recent revolutions is how to voice their opinions. No more just accepting their fate at the hands of the government. While protests still crop up, they are for the most part peaceful. Sisi has made statements allowing these protests but has called for them to not become violent. And for the most part, this has been happening.
    On July 1,2014, I had the opportunity to witness this street protest in Alexandria. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Alexandria Library, a true architectural marvel. It is claimed to be an attempt to rebuild the lost ancient Alexandrian Library. The protestors were all peaceful and chanting in unison. They were calling for improved education in Egypt. There were no obvious opponenets and it was quite peaceful. Whether or not it had any impact remains to be seen. But, in the recent Egyptian crisises and collapse of the economy, children are facing an uncertain and scary future. Truly this is a protest worth staging.

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