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Minya peasants cheer for Mubarak

Tereza Hanna

26 Feb 2013 6:15 pm

Mubarak, where are you? was the motto chanted by dozens of peasants from a number of villages in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, who protested in front of the governorate building against the severe shortage in diesel fuel

“Mubarak, where are you?” was the motto chanted by dozens of peasants from a number of villages in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, who protested in front of the governorate building against the severe shortage in diesel fuel.  The shortage makes it extremely costly—if not impossible—for them to work the water pumps that water their fields.
Addressing the governor, the demonstrators cried, “Our land is thirsty, and there is no gas.” The wheat growers said they had not been able to water their fields the last 30 days. 
The cries against the current administration and the nostalgia for the Mubarak days is becoming a common theme on the Egyptian street, especially among the poorer people who suffer hard under the difficult economic grind, and who insist the country is poorly managed. The [2011] Revolution has brought them neither freedom nor democracy, and has severely cut into their livelihood, they complain.
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Watani International
26 February 2013


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