Egyptian authorities restricted the sale of yellowreflective vests amid fears opponents mightattempt to copy French gilets jaunes protesters.
Security officials and retailers said industrial safetyequipment dealers have been instructed not to sellyellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrictbusiness to wholesale to verified companies, butonly after securing police permission. Offenderswould be punished.
Six retailers in a Cairo downtown area said they were no longer selling yellow vests. Twodeclined to sell them, giving no explanation, but the remaining four said they were told not toby police.
"They seem not to want anyone to do what they are doing in France," said one retailer.
"The police came here a few days back and told us to stop selling them. When we asked why, they said they were acting on instructions," said another.
The yellow vests worn by French protesters have become the symbol of the wave ofdemonstrations that began in November against a rise in fuel taxes but mushroomed to includea range of demands, including the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron.