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Whatever the political cause of these riots – and I’ve heard several different explanations – the riots are now feeding on themselves. Sadly, it’s the ordinary people who are taking the brunt of the unrest. The everyday business owners, residents, workers, and schoolchildren are the ones having their lives disrupted. Ordinary cosmopolitan law-abiding people who are suddenly called to defend their persons and property from gangs of roaming thugs.
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According to this article, people are braving the riots to stock up on bottled water and essential foodstuffs.
"There's no cash in the ATMs, there's something like 5,000 prisoners roaming the streets and there's no security," said May Sadek, a public relations agent who lives in the middle class Dokki neighborhood. There have been jail breaks from at least four prisons around Cairo in recent days.
In the absence of police protection, gangs of thugs have been looting and setting fire to buildings and cars. They've cleaned out supermarkets and shopping malls, homes and apartments. Men are forming neighborhood defense committees and arming themselves with guns, clubs, and knives in order to protect their families and homes.
For those skeptical about the attachment Americans have for their firearms, here’s a classic example of why it’s awfully nice to have a means to defend one’s self. Police protection isn’t always available, especially on an individual level.
For those skeptical about the obsession Preppers have for stockpiling food, water, and other necessities, here’s a classic example of why it’s awfully nice to have what you need already within the house, so you don’t have to risk your life out on the streets or fight other desperate residents for bottled water or a bag of beans.