Middle East

Egypt: Seven protests in seven days

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Media captionAleem Maqbool visited groups protesting about different issues in Cairo every day for a week

Has Cairo become the world's protest capital? It would not have been tolerated before the revolution, but now numerous demonstrations are held in Cairo each week. Some estimates suggest that over 5,000 public protests were held across Egypt in the first five months of this year alone.

Over one week, the BBC's Aleem Maqbool visited a demo a day in Cairo - from police wanting to grow beards, to angry dog-walkers - to see what the scale and types of protests reveal about post-revolution Egyptian society.

Day 1

Reason for demo: Protesting against Israel's hosting of the Euro under-21s football tournament.

Where: Outside Arab League building, central Cairo. Chanting beside the traffic.

Number of protesters: About a dozen, but maybe 20 journalists too!

Protester: Shaimaa Ezzat, 31, works at Department of Tourism.

What she said: "I know it's too late to stop the tournament but I just had to convey a message of protest. It is as if the EU is rewarding 'the Zionist entity' for everything that it has done."

Day 2

Reason for demo: Calling for release of activist Ahmed Douma, convicted of insulting President Mohammed Morsi.

Where: Outside Public Prosecutor's Office, central Cairo.

Number of protesters: About 20 when we were there. Busy part of town, most people carrying on as normal. Caused little disruption.

Protester: Ahmad Samir, 21, business student.

What he said: "We call for the release of all arrested activists. If Douma insulted the president, we are all insulting the president. Through his actions the president insults himself!"

Day 3

Reason for demo: Housing dispute with Cairo authorities.

Where: Outside Cairo Governor's office, and inside it - some of the protestors stormed the offices. No other journalists there.

Number of protesters: About 50, men and women, all pretty agitated

Protester:Soad Mohamed, 30, housewife

What she said: "We occupied empty apartments during the revolution and they have to give us contracts now. Maybe we are a bit impatient, I know they are trying to sort it out but we need them to know we are angry."

Day 4

Reason for demo: Islamist protest under slogan "International march to Jerusalem".

Where: Starting outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, Nasr City. Blocked traffic as they marched towards the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Number of protesters: 2,000 to 3,000.

Protester: Alaa Abbas, 37, engineer.

What he said: "This is to express our rejection of the Jews' occupation of Jerusalem. We reject the obliteration of Arab identity there, but we have no idea what this protest will achieve."

Day 5

Reason for demo: Police officers who want to be able to grow beards.

Where: Outside Interior Ministry building.

Number of protesters: Only 10, in tents and with banners, protesting for their 104th day.

Protester: Capt Walid Husni, 33, police officer at Burg al-Arab Jail.

What he said: "We have been made reserve officers so we can only get our basic salary, just because we want to keep beards. We have filed so many cases, the ministry won some, and we won some. God only knows who will win in the end."

Day 6

Reason for demo: Protesting against perceived Muslim Brotherhood opposition to the arts.

Where: Outside the Cultural Ministry, in the affluent Zamalek area of Cairo.

Number of protesters: About 50 when we were there, including actors, actresses, authors and intellectuals. Also some toy dogs (and at least one hired dog-walker).

Protester: Muataza Salah, 36, actress.

What she said: "The Muslim Brotherhood tell people if you're a religious person, you're not supposed to like the arts. We're here to say we own the culture. No regime or government can own it. They can't tell us what to act, sing, dance or publish. Our stage is out there on the street."

Day 7

Reason for demo: Elderly people demanding higher pensions.

Where: On the roundabout in Talaat Harb Square, central Cairo.

Number of protesters: About 25 while we were there.

Protester: Mohammed Ibrahim El Deeb, 80, retired petrol company worker.

What he said: "I'm here because my pension is not enough to pay for food, gas, electricity and hospital bills. I'm on hunger strike until the government takes care of me."