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The Policies of the Authorities Are Driving Egyptians to the Brink of Starvation: The Time for Resistance Has Come

Statement by the Revolutionary Socialists

The current wave of high prices differs from any previous wave, not only because inflation indicators are recording their highest levels in Egypt since inflation measurement began, according to the Central Bank, or because it is the most extended wave of high prices the country has experienced, but also because it has directly encroached upon the subsistence level on which Egyptians live.

The price hikes have hit essential, subsistence-level foodstuffs, including bread, rice, sugar, grains, cooking oil, and vegetables. Furthermore, the rise in prices no longer means a specific percentage increase for any commodity; instead, prices are doubling from one week to the next and even from one day to the next.

This directly means that large segments of Egyptian families cannot secure simple daily meals, making it practically impossible for most families to provide even the cheapest daily meals with their current income and wages.

Global prices are not the reason. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicators, global food prices fell by 10.4% in January compared to January 2023. Despite this, food prices in Egypt more than doubled for most basic food items during the same period.

The dollar crisis that the authorities are blaming today was created by the policies of these very authorities, which excessively borrowed and incurred debts not to enhance productive capacities but to make political deals that support their legitimacy. They squandered the country’s resources on grandiose projects solely benefiting themselves, including lavish summer and winter residences and a new capital city in the desert, far removed from the impoverished populace.

Even the dollar crisis does not explain the government’s increase in service charges, from fees for issuing official documents to tolls on new roads, public transportation, communications, and other services and facilities. These charges have become levies on citizens and, in turn, raised the prices of various goods.

The main reason driving the current wave of high prices to the point of severe hunger for segments of Egyptians is the lack of resistance that the authorities have surrounded and suppressed for years. The high prices would not have reached this level, regardless of the reasons, if there had been a social movement resisting the burdening of the poor with the results of the economic policies adopted by the authorities. The ability of Egyptians to provide food was eliminated before any political action, whether from political parties, unions, or any social groups, was eradicated.

The conditions that Egyptians are suffering from today immediately call for the active forces in society to organize their ranks, gather their strength, regain the initiative, and extend their hands to the masses who are expressing their suffering daily in various ways and only need to possess the tools for collective action, present their demands, and defend them.

The authorities, which have pushed economic conditions to the brink of collapse and burdened the poor with the consequences of their policies, will only take responsibility for providing basic foodstuffs to citizens when the masses regain their tools to resist impoverishment and high prices.