High prices for staple foods and fears over shortages have been cited for galvanizing masses in Tunisia, an act which spiraled into a revolution. Protests spread to Algeria, Morocco, Yemen and most notably to Egypt, the world's largest importer of wheat
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A Tunisian protester holding bread is pushed by riot policemen during a demonstration in Tunis on January 18, 2011.
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An Egyptian boy rides his bicycle near an army tank as he sells bread in central Cairo on January 31, 2011.
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Egyptians crowed to buy bread before the start of the evening curfew in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
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People queue for bread outside a bakery in Cairo, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.
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A boy carrying bread on his head runs away from a column of riot policeman during anti-government protests in downtown Cairo January 25, 2011.
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