The Scene In Alexandria

by Patrick Appel

Peter Bouckaert of HRW reports:

The protest march in Alexandria has now exploded into a massive crowd. We stood here for ten minutes watching solid crowds stream by. And now a second large crowd has come down. Very impressive numbers! This is the front of the crowd. People shouting Freedom and We have had enough. 

An important bit from an earlier dispatch:

Food and other prices have risen at least 20% in most shops since last week, and shortages are starting to show up. Bread, milk, cheese and other main foods are hard to find as shops can't replenish. Most ATMs are not functioning, so it is very difficult for people to find cash.Many shops and restaurants have stayed closed since last Friday out of security concerns. This is leading to increasing frustration as people want life to return to 'normal'.