When the prime minister of Egypt at the time, the famous economist Dr. AbdelAziz Higazy implemented a new economic plan lifting subsidies on basic commodities, major demonstrations and chaotic scenes broke out in the streets of many Egyptian cities.
I was 13 years old at the time. While going to a grocery store on Al-Haram street where my family lived, I saw heavy smokes coming from two famous night clubs (Al-Haram street was filled with night clubs at the time), and maybe some other buildings. My family lived close to Ramses night club. I saw the workers at the club preparing empty whisky bottles to defend themselves and prevent the mob from breaking in!
The mob started moving towards my direction (from about 600 feet away in Al-Haram street), I saw them; I believe they looked like a bunch of thugs and teenagers holding sticks and bottles. I didn't wait, I ran back home! of course I was scared.
Later, I saw the traces of the battle that took place! Ramses night club was burnt to the ground; in addition, anything that had value inside was looted. I remember that the son of one of the neighbors in my apartment building took a chair but later had to return it when the police gave amnesty to anyone who returns looted items. One scene I couldn't forget was seeing a local woman with black robe (Melaya Laf) holding a whisky bottle she looted from the doomed night club, I remember saying to myself that she probably didn't know or never tested whisky in her life, but took it anyway!
later and until now, there has always been a debate on whether this was a genuine popular revolt against the government or chaos by mob of thugs. the leftist movements in Egypt are commemorating the events as a popular revolt, but I what I saw on that day was exactly what the late president Sadat described at the time: "The uprising of thieves"!