Today we've seen another example of these simmering resentments explode into public view, this time not out in a provincial town but right along the Nile. The shantytown that backs up against the elite Nile Towers development erupted in violence, with at least one and perhaps two reported dead, windows broken and fires set, and cars burned along the Nile.
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The provocation this time is unclear. One report said a man entered the Fairmont Hotel and was demanding money at knife point; tourist police shot him, sparking the rioting. Others spoke of shots coming from the towers into the shanties below, or of the involvement of an undercover security man. As usual the violence erupted before the facts were clear, as longstanding resentments apparently erupted.
There has been greater violence associated with the strikes in Mahalla or the railroad protests, but the Cairo elite and the tourists don't see those. Fires along the Nile outside a five-star hotel garner a different level of attention, including, perhaps, from the new Cabinet being sworn in today.
If that new Cabinet imagine that their appointment marks the success of the revolution, the inhabitants of Ramlet Bulaq and the other ‘ashwa'iyyat might beg to differ.