Due to the inflation and soaring cost of living in recent months, there is general discontent in Egypt by the majority of people there.
Although this is nothing unusual in itself, given the stagnant economy for close to three decades, it seems that it has reached a point where most people have had enough and want to send a message to the government.
So, a general strike was called for by various opposition and grassroots groups. This included Facebook groups, SMS messages on mobile phones, email and other means.
The government responded by crackdowns on opposition, mainly the Muslim Brotherhood in the past week.
Despite that, the Brotherhood distanced itself from participating in the strike. Not sure if this is a political move, or a true statement.
Today, the government has railed against strike,and warned anyone striking or protesting of "firm action".