ASSIUT: Villagers in southern Egypt blocked a highway with burning tires and set fire to three government buildings Sunday to protest official corruption, witnesses said.
Also in Assiut province, hundreds of civil servants went on strike for better living conditions, saying senior officials are distributing social benefits unfairly.
Protesters in the area also set a former ruling party building on fire.
Anger over widespread corruption helped drive the uprising that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier this month.
In Sunday’s unrest, protesters blocked the Assiut-Cairo highway for five hours with burning tires to protest lack of government control over bakeries. The demonstrators accused owners of local bakeries of selling subsidized flour on the black market.
In another village in the area, protesters set fire to three local government buildings demanding investigation into government corruption.