New America Media, Commentary, Andy Lei, Posted: Jan 29, 2011
The last time Egyptians took to the streets was spring 2008, to protest the rise in food prices, especially bread or aish, also the Arabic word for life. For Egyptians, the two are synonymous. A dozen died, becoming "bread martyrs."
Before then, Egyptians rioted in 1977. Again, over bread. Their popular slogan: "The people are famished." About 800 perished before the army crushed the protests.
On Jan. 25, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets once again. Not for bread, but for Mubarak's head.