Egypt Soccer Riots
February 2, 2012 by staff
Egypt Soccer Riots, The Egyptian parliament is taking up an investigation of the deadly riots after a soccer game between Cairo club Al-Ahly and Port Said’s Al-Masry. As Ernesto Londono and Ingy Hassieb reported:
Egypt’s parliament on Thursday vowed to investigate the previous night’s melee after a soccer game in Port Said city that left at least 74 people dead.
As Egypt mourns the deaths of scores of soccer fans, activists blamed the military and police for a tragic stadium riot in Port Said. The city’s governor resigned and the board of the country’s Football Association was ordered disbanded. (Feb. 2)
Many Egyptians blamed the security forces for not doing enough to protect dueling crowds of fans, and some suggested that internal and foreign agents may have instigated the bloodshed as party of a scheme to sow mayhem across the country.
“It was planned and deliberate,” said Mahmoud Ghozlan, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group whose political party holds the most seats in the new parliament. “It’s unbelievable and unjustifiable.”
Ardent soccer fans, known here as “ultras,” poured into Tahrir Square on Thursday afternoon for one of a handful of protests planned to decry the violence.
The bloodshed brought into sharp focus how much security has deteriorated over the past year as the revolt and its continuing ripples have chipped away at the pillars of the police state that made Egypt an exceptionally safe nation in recent decades.
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