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

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.

“The first day of every month will see consumers’ purchasing power boosted, and by refusing to buy goods on this day, they will send a message to retailers that consumers are able to boycott and control the market,” he saidèè.

[Full article here | Photo by Michael Gwyther-Jones]

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