Egyptian police quashed a few small protests across the country on Friday and arrested dozens of protesters as calls for an uprising against the rising prices largely went unheeded.
Police rounded up at least 130 protesters across the country, a security official said.
In Cairo, where police had deployed in force in anticipation of protests, 39 alleged demonstrators were arrested.
Police also quickly scattered several dozen protesters who assembled in the port city of Suez.
There had been calls on social media, backed by the banned Muslim Brotherhood opposition group, for protests on Friday against rising prices and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.