A masked Egyptian masked policeman gestures to a photographer in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Egypt imposed a big security clampdown in its cities Friday as mass demonstrations called to protest against austerity measures failed to take place.Big protests failed to materialize across the country by 6 p.m. Police dispersed several small gatherings and there were some minor clashes.In a country where street politics helped to unseat two presidents within two years, authorities were keen to deter protesters.Security sources said police chased dozens of protesters away from Arbaeen Square in Suez, near the place where the first protester was killed in 2011 . After taking power, Sisi crushed dissent and has applied a protest law so strictly that few dare to come out, despite rising public anger.Stung by street revolts that have made life worse rather than better, many people said they would stay at home.
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