Extreme gasoline shortages plague Cairo, which meant hours spent in long lines in the hopes of finding gas once at the pump. To make matters worse, some areas in Egypt experience several hours of electrical power outages every day, to say nothing of the high unemployment and a disintegrating economy.
Therefore, because of severe mismanagement of the Egyptian government by the current ruling religious party, massive demonstrations were called for June 30th, the one-year anniversary of the first elected president. Protesters hope to "persuade" the President and his cabinet to step down. Preparations near Tahrir Square a few days ago:
Interesting graffiti covers walls in the region of Tahrir Square (where the Revolution took place two years ago) in central Cairo.
"No to the Constitution," "Bloodshed brings bloodshed,"
"Down with Morsi [the president]."
Grafitti also covers the blockades near the presidential palace.
"No to the pharoah [who is]unjust--leave." "Dictatorship leads to disaster."
"Killers", "We won't forget," "Down with military rule," "Freedom."
You get the point. People started rallying several days early and by the 29th, hundreds of thousands of people were out in the streets. My daughter got to the airport early and said it was like a war zone. Military personnel were everywhere and panicked people were trying to get away before the chaos set in.
Today's demonstrations remain peaceful, however, there appears to be at least one pro-government rally. The Tunisian news is following events closely to see how far they will go. A question hangs in the air: Will Tunisians answer the call to throw off an incompetent and illegitimate government?