Protests demanding the departure of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi‘s rule throughout Egypt were renewed again this September, the anniversary of the protests that erupted in the same month last year and called by the contractor, Mohamed Ali.
According to the report, protests erupted in Suez, Kafr El-Dawwar, Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan, calling for Sisi to leave power.
Demonstrators set fire to the presidential headquarters in Aswan, Upper Egypt, after security forces attacked them to disperse the demonstrations.
In Qanater, Qalyubia Governorate, demonstrators chose narrow streets to prevent them from being attacked by security forces or thugs.
In Giza Governorate, protesters turned over a police vehicle to protest the authorities’ demolition of homes and buildings.
The Egyptian security forces, in uniform and civilian clothes, were deployed in several areas and squares throughout the country, including Tahrir Square and Suez, military checkpoints and ambushes.
According to the report, there is public anger at the high prices and the demolition of thousands of homes, allegedly in violation of the laws, in addition to the authorities’ handling of the Renaissance Dam crisis and the intervention in Libya.
Under the hashtag, which at the time was number one trending in Egypt, “go out on 20 September” Ali called for Egyptians to unite against oppression and injustice to save the country.
Last year, Ali released a series of videos accusing the ruling regime and his family of corruption and squandering public funds whilst Egyptians got poorer and poorer.
Under the current regime, the Egyptian economy has continued to deteriorate and human rights abuses have escalated, compounded by the coronavirus crisis in the country which has been mishandled by the ruling authorities.
In response to the protests last year, at least 4,000 people were arrested and many detained over unfounded “terrorism” charges, in the largest crackdown on protesters since AL-Sisi came to power.