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originally posted by: Tman2135
a reply to: T0rMenT0R
For the record, I NEVER felt like I was in danger. The tourist police carry AK-47s and are EVERYWHERE.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
a reply to: Zimnydran
Or, maybe the Egyptians are just fiercly protective of their much coveted tourism dollars and want to show the tourists that they are sparing no expense in protecting them. In other words, it could just be a display of power, for show, mainly for the tourists themselves to be impressed and feel important, and safe, but also as a secondary effect to show anyone thinking of trying anything that they had better think twice before they step up, cause the police are definitely not short on firepower, and they will not hesitate in the least to protect their livelihood (tourism dollars.
Basically, it might just be overkill and not really necessary, but if it makes the tourists feel safe, and tells the criminals/terrorists "dont F with our money!" then its a pretty cost effective tool.
Then again, I don't know anything about the statistics of the safety of tourists in Egypt as related to the display and/or use of those AK47s... maybe they are used on a near daily basis and tourists are being picked off left and right and youd have to have a death wish to go near the place...