Thousands of Egyptians furious over corruption take to the streets amid coup fears
Cairo devolved into scenes of chaotic violence as thousands of Egyptians took to the streets furious over revelations of vast corruption in Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime.
“Get Out,” “The people want to overthrow the regime” and “Sisi out” topped the trending list Friday, signaling some of the most intense political pressure President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has faced since taking power in a military coup in 2013.
Now, Egyptians took to the streets to protest their frustration with Sisi’s government, which has overseen years of corruption and financial mismanagement, to the point that the World Bank said earlier this year that some 60 percent of the population was either poor or vulnerable.
Viral YouTube whistleblower Mohammed Ali, whose company was contracted by the regime to build extravagant residences for the president and armed forces, called on Egyptians on Thursday to take to the streets on Friday evening to show their opposition to the regime’s graft.
Ali also said that the government owes him hundreds of millions for projects his company was commissioned to build, including luxurious palaces for Sisi.
He also called on the defense minister to arrest Sisi.
The army deployed dozens of armored vehicles in the capital and along the surrounding roads, as well as in the vicinity of the presidential palace in the upscale suburb of Heliopolis.
Security and police forces were also stationed across Cairo.