Escalating Protests Spring from Enduring Problems

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A specific incident–the sentencing to death of 21 youths in the case of the fatal soccer riot in Port Said one year ago–ignited the protests now rocking Port Said, Suez, Alexandria, and to a lesser degree Cairo in which at least 50 have been killed over four days.  But the current demonstrations and related political ferment draw on far deeper wells of grievance that have accumulated over the two years since the January 2011 revolution.    Conversations with political and civil society activists in Cairo on January 28 suggested that the collapse of the rule of law and lack of consensus on the political process are fueling anger and making it impossible for the country to move forward. 

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